Material ConneXion & CELC, The European Federation of Linen & Hemp present
Some of our oldest materials are proving to be catalysts for innovation as we begin to understand that nature has more to offer than first supposed. Linen, a multi-use European fiber whose applications go far beyond fabrics, is at the center of such innovation and advanced research. Join us as we explore how recent innovations in linen and flax are enabling new sustainable approaches and never before seen applications in place of fiberglass, from sporting goods to furniture.
November 12, 2009
6 - 8 pm, Talk to begin promptly at 6:30
The values and sustainable culture of linen, hemp + flax in the new age of "green innovation."
Marie-Emanuelle Belzung, Director of CELC / Masters of Linen / Paris
Showcasing new textile developments for fashion, home interiors, contract and hospitality that highlight the fact that linen requires no irrigation to grow and its carbon footprint is surprisingly lower than other natural fibers.
Non-Textile Linen, Hemp + Flax Innovations + their Applications
Ignaas Verpoest, Professor at the Katholieke Universiteit, Leuven, Belgium
A presentation of the newest surprising non-textile developments and composites and their application to architecture, sports equipment, furniture, boats, automobiles, planes, hospitality and contract industries. Pr. Verpoest will highlight the speed at which linen, hemp and flax are becoming chosen options for sustainable design.
Francois Azambourg, France's 2009 Designer of the Year
Mr. Azambourg will show his award winning "linen" chair, designed in 100% flax composite.
Francois will take questions and share his knowledge of the design process regarding linen composites which he personally used and tested to achieve his final design.