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
. 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
. 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
. Consisting of tightly woven strands of paper yarn, the Midsummer rug is hypoallergenic, stain resistant, and easy to clean.
Boiacca Wood table by LucidiPevere
. 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