Users of Edgware Road tube station (pictured) will be familiar with the work of Biotecture, which designs and supplies living walls. Its self-sufficient vertical gardens have also been installed in hotels, universities and offices, including the HQ’s of Centrica, Lend Lease and Capco. Based on a panel-based system, the walls are modular and flexible, and the patterns and planting can be specified by the client – at Edgware Road, the plants were chosen for their pollution-busting properties.
Rimex Metals specialises in metal finishes for a broad range of products, interiors and exteriors, from sculpture and street furniture to facades on offices, exhibition centres, theatres and museums. These can be patterned, chemically coloured, polished and blasted, primarily on stainless steel. Major projects include Neiman Marcus department stores in the US, the Astoria Hotel in Lucerne, Switzerland, and Rabobank’s HQ in Utrecht, The Netherlands.
Millers 1893 will be exhibiting Muratto’s cork walls and panels, which are imported from Portugal. They are made from granulated cork, combined with pigments and resins, to create blocks that can be pigmented rather than painted to retain the cork’s transparency and colour. Available in a range of patterns and colours, the coverings offer both acoustic and thermal properties. Muratto’s products will be shown alongside the Scottish firm’s other products for walls and floors.
French manufacturer Oberflex has launched Tectonique, a three-dimensional ceiling made from lightweight panels suspended on a patented mounting system. The spaces and openings between the panels trap the sound rather than absorb it, and dampen acoustics by 60%, according to the company. The tiles are available in 24 models and a range of woods; many designs have undulating, three-dimensional forms, inspired by French landscapes.