By now you may have heard of Kirei, 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 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. 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.