April 4, 2007

Plastic laminate sheets with fabric and printed films

Designed by Suzanne Tick and introduced by KnollTextiles in 2000, Imago is a family of products made through a patented process that encapsulates fabric in high-performance resin. The resulting hard surfaces combine the best qualities of fabric, resin and glass, changing tone with the amount and direction of cast light, and thus affecting the perception of space beyond.

Introduced in 2003, ImagoPrints represent the next generation of translucent hard surface materials. Rather than incorporating actual fabrics, ImagoPrints use printed vellum-like layers to create visual depth and a “parallax effect” whereby the image appears to shift with the movement of the viewer. ImagoPrints patterns are created by the careful registration and printing of two customer-selected layer colors. Separated slightly from each other, the layers give the patterns a greater sense of depth and dimension.

Imago and ImagoPrints are half the weight of glass, scratch and fingerprint resistant, designed to withstand a variety of chemicals, maintained with common cleaning agents, and may be sawed, drilled, punched, riveted, bolted, hot-stamped, die-cut, thermoformed and cold-bent. The material is available in six gauges, custom colors, custom surface textures, and markerboard finish.

Contact: KnollTextiles, New York, New York, USA.

For more information, see Transmaterial: A Catalog of Materials That Redefine our Physical Environment

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