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Posted By Sarah Rich On January 25, 2006 @ 6:09 pm In Design,Green Furniture,Green Home decor,Innovation,Recycled Materials | 4 Comments

kirei-table_big [1]

By now you may have heard of Kirei [2], the eco-friendly fiber board that comes from the discarded remains of sorghum stalks after harvesting. Generally used as a finishing material, Kirei functions in much the same way as wood, but it looks absolutely unlike any of its counterparts. Bonded with formaldehyde-free adhesive compounds, the raw-looking material actually has a smooth, even surface.

iannone:sanderson [3] has become the token early adopter of Kirei, having incorporated it masterfully into their Mod Coffee Table, which made its first appearance last May at ICFF [4]. Set against pure white acrylic, the kirei’s dramatic texture and organic irregularity strike a sharp contrast. This is just the kind of design that will give sustainable materials street cred: smashing good looks and eco-friendly ingredients – it’s like having your cake and eating it, too.

+ iannone:sanderson [3]

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[1] Image: http://www.inhabitat.com/2006/01/25/kirei-mod-coffee-table/kirei-table_big/

[2] Kirei: http://www.inhabitat.com/entry_79.php

[3] iannone:sanderson: http://www.i-sdesign.com

[4] ICFF: http://www.inhabitat.com/entry_67.php

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