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    Green Blade - Veneer from Banana Plants

    Established in Martinique, FIBandCo gives a second life to banana plant trunks. Growing to full size in nine months, the banana plant is a giant herb whose trunk dies after the plant produces fruit. FIBandCO's two founding engineers transformed this rapidly renewable resource into an upmarket material for design and architectural use. Green Blade is a decorative, micro-thin veneer that comes in four all-natural colors. This supple, translucent fiber veneer is handmade without any chemical treatments. Appropriate for interior fittings, furnishings, and decoration, the product was launched eight months ago in Paris at the Maison & Objet exhibit.

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    Modular Video Wall Display

    Christie® MicroTiles™ are modular digital video wall displays designed for high image quality. These lightweight, shallow rear-projection modules can be combined to form digital canvases in a variety of sizes, shapes, and orientations. Leveraging the strengths of both DLP® projection and LED technology, the tiles offer brighter images and a wider color palette than conventional flat-panel LCD and plasma displays. The tiles weigh 9.4 kilograms (21 pounds) and measure 260 millimeters (10.2 inches) deep. The LEDs are rated to last 65,000 hours before reaching half-brightness. Built-in "eco-power" consumption modes. Compliant with the Restriction of Hazardous Substances Directive (RoHS).

    christiedigital.com

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    Cordless Motorized Shades

    QMotion™ offers quiet motorized window shades that run on standard alkaline batteries. Free of cords and wires, the shades are well suited for hospitals, daycare centers, schools, and homes. Each shade's tube contains precision steel ball bearings. This design minimizes friction, extending the battery life by reducing the amount of power needed to raise and lower the shades. Operation can be controlled manually or with a wireless remote. Easy installation with no wiring. Available in a variety of fabrics and finishes.

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    Pop-Modern Chair

    London-based designer Timothy Schreiber introduces the Plooop Chair, the second chair in a series featuring triple plywood loop construction. The continuous loops form all of the chair's functional elements — seat, backrest, and legs — in a fluid sequence of connections and detachments. Both CNC-assisted cutting and traditional wood craftsmanship contribute to the sleek, contemporary form. Dimensions: 800 by 400 by 400 millimeters (32 by 16 by 16 inches). Light finish.

    timothy-schreiber.com

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    Eucalyptus Wood Products

    Weyerhaeuser's Lyptus® wood products include lumber, veneer, plywood, and flooring made from fast-growing eucalyptus trees on plantations in Brazil. The hardwood lumber features a rich, cherry coloring and a grain similar to mahogany, and can take a wide range of stains and finishes. The plywood combines a natural veneer surface with a variety of core options, and is available in light, medium, and dark color sorts to match the lumber. The veneer is available as both flitches for custom applications and layons for plywood lay-up. Applications for the product suite include cabinetry, millwork, trim, furniture, store fixtures, and flooring. (Pictured: paneling.)

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