By harnessing the latest high-tech materials and innovations, like 3-D printing and nanotechnology, manufacturers are using science to create forward-thinking design.
Zartan Raw chair by Philippe Starck and Eugeni Quitllet for Magis. Using a mixture of recycled polypropylene and natural wood fiber, the Italian manufacturer has made a stacking chair whose production is kinder to the environment.
Afilla pendant lights by Alessandro Zambelli for .exnovo. Marrying new materials with traditional ones, this lighting series features 3-D printed nylon shades and a Swiss-pine structure.
Midsummer rug by Ritva Puotila for Woodnotes. Consisting of tightly woven strands of paper yarn, the Midsummer rug is hypoallergenic, stain resistant, and easy to clean.
Boiacca Wood table by LucidiPevere for Kristalia. Oak legs support a tabletop made from Fenix-NTM, a water-repellent, anti-bacterial surface developed using nanotechnology. Though it looks like stone, the surface is soft and warm to the touch