Remember being a kid and sitting down with your trusty box of crayons and a nice big inviting expanse of white paper? All that great, creative possibility at your fingertips? Yeah…
The owners of Dutch company WallArt must remember, too, because they’re given designers a grown-up version of that moment: 3D embossed wall panels in friendly do-something-awesome-with-me white. Check out these brilliant examples from their Projects page while I tell you about the product itself.
It starts with sugar. Rather, it starts with bagasse, the fibrous residue left over when sugarcane is shredded to extract the sweet stuff we put in our coffee every morning.
Sugarcane can be harvested up to three times a year, according to WallArt, so is one of the world’s most renewable resources. The total annual harvest worldwide tops 1.2 billion metric tons, which could therefore theoretically produce 400 million tons of bagasse. Like much agricultural waste, it’s normally thrown into a landfill or (worse) burned, but there are better things to do with it.
Pulp and bleach the fiber, which may be combined with other fibrous cellulosic material, add water & oil resistant agents, then mold and press it into smooth, lightweight 50 cm x 50 cm panels. Tap the imagination. Play.
These embossed wall panels come in 16 different patterns. With them designers can form a repeating pattern which not only toys with light and shadow but leaves the field wide open for creative expression with color. It’s a very tactile product that turns any wall into a sculpture.
The raw material for the panels is 100% recycled, compostable, and therefore 100% biodegradable. However, because of its Class C fire rating the company recommends after installation use of a Class A fire proof coating/fire retardant paint.
A single WallArt commercial package contains 12 panels, which together covers about three square meters of wall space. The product is easy to install – and the company website includes a through installation help section to assist in the process.
I’ll leave you with one last image, my favorite: a delicate treatment of the “Pitches” pattern from the Dutch interior design magazine, Ariadne At Home. Go take a look.
Images courtesy of WallArt.