NEW YORK-Trove Literally Breaks Ground with STONEGROUND®, an Innovative Wallpaper Created from Stone
| Jul 27 2011 | (08:00:51 - EDT)
Trove, the multimedia design firm known for its innovative, large-scale patterns and modern aesthetic, is once again defying boundaries. This time with an industry-changing material that will become a new canvas for their designs: a silky-smooth wall“paper” made from stone. Pioneered by Trove’s design team, the aptly named STONEGROUND® wall”paper” combines mineral powder (> 80% calcium carbonate) with a small amount (< 20% PE) of non-toxic resin to create an environmentally-friendly wall”paper” unlike any other.
STONEGROUND debuts at ICFF 2011 with four stunning new designs from Trove, presenting an outstanding environmental story that combines unprecedented material and pattern design to create a thoroughly inspired product. The production process uses no wood products, meaning not a single tree has been cut down for its sake. It requires no water to produce, safeguarding the environment from additional wastewater pollutants. Thanks to STONEGROUND’s unique fiberless make-up, printed images stay crisp and clean. Adding to its eco-friendly appeal, STONEGROUND requires 20-30% less ink than regular paper.
To create STONEGROUND, calcium carbonate, which is found in marble and limestone, is ground down into a fine, chalk-like powder that is sprayed onto a non-toxic resin base where it binds to create the “paper.” Its unique construction refines previously coarse and raw materials to create a more delicate feel than paper, yet more durable than paper because it is water and tear resistant. At the end of its life, STONEGROUND can be recycled in a number of ways.
STONEGROUND is the direct result of Trove’s commitment to producing sustainable products that not only meet the rigorous industry standards of durability, safety, and functionality for wall covering, but also push the limits of what green means. Randall Buck of Trove states of STONEGROUND, “Trove is proud to offer another wallpaper option that reflects our core values to achieve beauty that also protects the environment. We are very concerned by what is happening to our forests and waterways, and STONEGROUND presents an exciting tree-free solution.”
All of Trove’s designs are available for application on STONEGROUND.
Founded in New York City, Trove is led by Jee Levin and Randall Buck, who are both accomplished artists and the creative force behind the brand’s ingenious concepts; Trove’s designs push the limits of scale and repeats with unique patterns that are 12 feet high and 3 to 6 feet across.
All of Trove’s wall coverings are printed on commercial-grade paper, using high-quality non-toxic wax-based coatings and archival inks, which have a lifespan of 140 years. Trove’s expertly designed products are eco-friendly and recyclable.
Trove’s first creations were inspired by New York City’s 100-year-old flower market in the middle of Manhattan, and subsequent collections have expanded to include designs inspired by additional natural elements. Levin and Buck’s work is a clever interpretation of the simple, yet fascinating beauty of our environment.
Trove’s standard and custom designs have decorated the walls of several high-profile locations, including Nobu, W Hotels, Barney’s, Bergdorf Goodman, Harrod’s, Disney Family Museum, and the Canadian Museum of Nature. Trove has won two Good Design awards and has recently exhibited at the Cooper Hewitt National Design Triennial. For more information on Trove and its products, please visit www.troveline.com.
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