Gallery: KVADRAT Eco-Friendly North Tiles


Kvadrat’s modular North Tiles combine an ingenious folding system with eco-friendly textiles to create a stunning interior element limited only by imagination. Flexible and easily reconfigured, North Tiles define space with sensuality and warmth, brought to life with materials and high standards of the indelibly green Danish company and the talent of French design brothers extraordinaire Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec.

The system, with tiles available in over 100 colors, offers infinite form possibilities, both geometric and organic. Modules can create walls, hallways, egress or canopies. In addition to their captivating visual and structural qualities, North Tiles provide soundproofing to the spaces they create and uphold Kvadrat’s environmental philosophy.

Textiles from Kvadrat abide by the Danish Environmental Protection Agency “list of undesirable substances” including AZO dyes, heavy metals, bromide (flame-retardant), chlorine or PVC. The company assesses paper and energy consumption quarterly, electronically monitors power consumption and is currently getting their manufacturing building “energy labeled” for heat, ventilation, light and hot water use. Waste is minimized, packaging is recyclable and transport companies are required to provide an environmental policy, have an environmental manager on staff and use EU 3 engine vehicles (low fuel consumption and minimal pollution).

The company’s efforts have earned them an EU Flower certificate and several products are labeled Bra Miljöval or “Good Green Buys” from a private Swedish ecolabel backed by the Swedish Society for Nature Conservation and Retailers. Design accolades include acceptance of North Tiles into the Museum of Modern Arts’ design collection in New York.

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  1. Danil Chevalier July 9, 2013 at 10:04 am

    Wouldn’t they accumulate dust?

  2. plugz August 1, 2012 at 4:26 pm

    The Eco-Friendly North Tiles do count as a soundproofing material because it makes the structures more impervious to sound transmission.

    The tiles also acts as a sound absorbing material since the tile would change the sound wave energy into heat energy at a minuet level. When sound waves hit the surface the energy would be both absorbed and reflected.

    KVADRAT Eco-Friendly North Tiles are both soundproofing and sound absorbing material.

  3. Merri October 24, 2007 at 7:09 pm

    Could something similar be done with second hand materials?

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  6. Henrik October 8, 2007 at 12:15 pm

    sound absorbing,

  7. BJ Nash October 5, 2007 at 9:13 am

    The copy mentions “Soundproofing”. Is it true soundproofing (limiting sound in and out) or sound absorbing, just deadening sound in the room?

  8. Joe October 3, 2007 at 4:27 pm

    umm… sensuality maby we are getting a little over the top here. They seem like a product that will date is self very quickly. The over all feel of the tiles are much more child like(think playground structures) than sensual.

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