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Curios is a free material sample service exclusively for A+D professionals who are accepted to the program. Curios is all about introducing you to new and unexpected materials.

Curios boxConsider this your in-hand dose of design inspiration.

Throughout the year, 250 selected recipients will receive the Curios box of material samples based on an editorial theme that will introduce new solutions, inspiring design ideas and fun swag.

Keeping in line with our commitment to sustainability, all shipping materials are recyclable.

For any samples you don’t want to keep, please consider recycling them by donating to a local charitable organization or educational facility. 

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  • March/April:  Sustainability / Wellness + Beyond
  • May/June:  Big + Bold
  • September/October:  NeoCon Launches + Other Fresh Finds

     

Curios Box: Sustainability/Wellness + Beyond

Curios Box 1 Sustainability/Wellness

For nearly 30 years, the design industry has been making steady and significant progress toward making the built environment more sustainable, as evidenced by the more than 281 million square feet of space certified to LEED in the U.S. in 2020 alone.

Add to that the groundswell of interest in and adoption of the WELL Building Standard by the design community—even pre-COVID—and it’s clear that sustainable design and wellness go hand-in-hand.

In today’s post-pandemic world, the relationship between human health and physical space is more important than ever. Occupants want to feel safe returning to the office, schools and other businesses, knowing that the interiors are clean, disinfected and allow for ample distancing.

As such, designers and specifiers like you are being called on to ensure that the products you specify—whether it’s flooring, furniture, laminates or resin panels to act as space dividers—can stand up to the rigorous requirements of commercial interiors today.

That’s why we’ve assembled this first CURIOS box to be full of new product samples that have a positive impact on people, the planet or both. These products are from industry leading brands that you can feel confident in specifying for whatever your project needs are.

We also want to thank you for doing your part to design spaces that are as beautiful as they are healthy and environmentally responsible.

We trust this #curiosbox will help you on your mission.

If you received the box, post your pictures on Instagram and social media and tag us and use the hashtag: #curiosbox

Flek

Sustainability

3form LogoThe leading manufacturer of award-winning, sustainable building materials, 3form, is raising the bar with Flek.

From their flagship Varia line, Flek renews and reinvigorates trimmings from the production process of their Varia panels, creating a translucent, terrazzo-like material that is 75% recycled and 100% 3form.

The product doubles down on 3form’s commitment to sustainability while maintaining their signature translucency and durability that makes Flek a go-to for partitions and space division applications. The zero-waste product reclaims trimmings from Varia applications and, using optical sorting technology, creates a stunning panel that is made with 75% recycled content.

Flek Panels

Flek is the culmination of 3form’s commitment to sustainability, creating a beautiful speckled effect in each unique, closed-loop panel. The product of innovative research and development within 3form, the hyper-sustainable privacy panel encapsulates the legacy of Varia projects in each panel.

Flek mirrors Varia’s specifications, which means it is compatible with all 3form hardware systems, one of the largest pre-consumer recycle streams, and GREENGUARD® Indoor Air Quality Certified. Flek’s organic, mixed design is offered in 10 standard colors and is also available to be customized in 3form’s 250 other color options.

Flek panels sizes are 48” x 96” and 48” x 120”, at ¼”, 3/8” and ½” gauges. Flex is offered in modern tones and provides integrated sound reduction up to 14dB as  well as ample comfort underfoot to reduce fatigue. 

BIFMA Programs

BIFMABIFMA is the industry leader in developing furniture standards that ensure product performance and inspire confidence.

BIFMA Programs 

LEVEL is the sustainability certification program for furniture. Products carrying the LEVEL mark have gone through a comprehensive, third-party certification to BIFMA’s open and transparent sustainability standard. Design professionals may locate and evaluate all furniture that has achieved certification on the LEVEL registry, a searchable database of all certified products. 

BIFMA Compliant is an industry-wide registry of furniture products that conform to BIFMA safety and durability standards. Compliant provides clarity to the market by differentiating products that meet established industry standards. The BIFMA Compliant registry enables design professionals to find and verify trusted furniture products and confidently specify quality and performance. 

CEUs 

Understanding standards can be a complex undertaking. BIFMA is committed to providing educational content for design professionals in need of continuing education units (CEUs). Each course we offer is unique but leverages the organization’s significant knowledge base related to furniture safety, performance, health & wellness, and sustainability in any environment where people work, learn, heal, and play.

All courses are approved for 1.0-hour education unit by IDCEC and AIA, and have earned the Health, Safety, Welfare (HSW) designation. As well, courses are approved by GBCI for a general credit, appropriate for meeting both LEED AP and WELL AP requirements. 

BIFMA is the trade association for business and institutional furniture manufacturers who has been the voice for the commercial furniture industry since 1973.

AVA® RSRV® & SMPL®

Sustainability

AVAFlorAVA products meet some of the world’s strictest VOC emission limits, earning FloorScore®, Indoor Advantage Gold, and GREENGUARD Gold certifications. All AVA products are 100% free of formaldehyde and ortho-phthalates and can help projects gain points for the LEED and WELL building systems.

AVA® RSRV® Plank and Tile

The robust style, High Density Core (HDC), clic construction and IXPE acoustical backing of AVA RSRV plank and tile make it a perfect selection for busy Hospitality and Retail locations where style, comfort and performance are always in demand. With three unique wood patterns sharing six common base colors, RSRV is Assure Certified and provides a variety of registered embossed plank styles to mix and match, along with four concrete patterned tiles.

AVA® SMPL® is an HPC (High Performance Core) Luxury Vinyl Floor

AVA SMPL is an HPC (High Performance Core) luxury vinyl floor with a commercial wear layer for commercial use. It is a rigid and floating floor system that can be installed with minimal subfloor preparation and an easy angle-drop locking system and pre-attached cork underlayment for improved acoustic performance.

Install AVA SMPL in moisture-prone areas with confidence because it is waterproof. AVA SMPL also has the AMP PU coating that is more scratch resistant than standard PU coatings for LVT and is 100% phthalate free and REACH compliant.

AVA is committed to complete transparency in its products, featuring Declare labels and Health Product Declarations to display a listing of product components. Environmental Product Declarations disclose the impact of the products across their entire life cycle from raw material to end-of-life.

Formica 2021 Special Collection

Formica logoFormica Corporation’s 2021 Specialty Collection features more than 35 versatile new patterns across three durable surfacing lines—Woodgrain Laminates, Everform™ Solid Surface and DecoMetal® Laminates.

The new woodgrain laminates were developed with input from designers on the most usable wood visuals, featuring neutral colors with realistic textures that reflect today’s health and wellness trends.

Everform™ Solid Surface is a durable, nonporous option ideal for environments where cleanliness is paramount, with new designs inspired by trending patterns and soft, ethereal looks.

And go beyond the counter with DecoMetal® Laminates, a vertical surfacing option that offers dramatic, large-scale visuals in patina and rolled steel options, along with trending warm tones such as brass and stainless. 

Ghent

GhentGhent is dedicated to crafting products with intention, from design aesthetic to specific uses. We’re the only company with our glassboards LEVEL certified, BIFMA’s sustainability certification.

Ranging in size and design, our sleek glassboards are created with intention and collaboration in mind.