We spent an incredible three days at the AIA Convention at Chicago’s McCormick Place between June 26-28, hosting old friends and new faces and interviewing some of our favorite architects and designers at our booth. And thanks to Patcraft, Molo, and Roche Bobois, we spent them in comfort. Here’s all you need to know about the sustainable manufacturers and products that furnished our memorable weekend:
Patcraft is a Dayton, Georgia-based company that specializes in Cradle to Cradle-certified flooring solutions (among the first Cradle to Cradle products ever) and focuses on lengthening product life cycles as much as strengthening interiors. Their catalogue includes hundreds of carpeting lines approved by a variety of sustainability certifications besides Cradle to Cradle, including NSF 140 and CRI Green Label Plus.
Our carpet tiles were from their Butterfly Effect collection, which was designed with the help of Cradle to Cradle coiner Bill McDonough. A portion of proceeds from this collection are donated towards St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. patcraft.com
Design studio and manufacturer Molo creates innovative furnishings that have fit equally well in living rooms and on display at New York’s Museum of Modern Art. They’ve become especially known for their paper walling products, which require zero additional hardware, are made from 50 percent post-consumer pulp, and create durable walls that are 95 percent air.
Their softblock modular walling (winner of Best of Neocon’s Gold Award in Architectural Products this year) provided partitioning that we could hand-shape—and even use to prop up some copies of our previous issue. molodesign.com
Roche Bobois was founded in Paris in 1960 and has since been designing and manufacturing contemporary furniture from sofas to lighting and every essential home item in between. Their signature six-part grading system for product sustainability, Eco6, ensures their items produce minimal environmental harm.
We conducted our interviews while sitting in their CURL armchairs, which provide the ideal level of comfort for conversation—as if beanbag chairs had backs and swiveled. roche-bobois.com