Materials
LE LIÈGE EST TELLEMENT VERT !

Le liège est l’un des matériaux les plus éco-responsables de la planète. C’est une source fortement durable, du début à la fin de son cycle de vie – vous aurez du mal à trouver un matériau plus vert que le liège !

Cultivé principalement dans la région méditerranéenne, le chêne-liège a besoin de très peu d’entretien pour s’épanouir. Au Portugal, premier pays producteur de liège au monde, la production de liège est très réglementée. Les arbres ne peuvent être récoltés qu’une fois qu’ils ont atteint l’âge de 25 ans, et sont ensuite récoltés tous les 9 ans après leur repousse. Pour récolter le liège produit, on enlève la couche extérieure de la peau de l’arbre, tout en laissant celui-ci, poursuivre sa croissance, indemne.

Photo Credit : Planete Liege https://planeteliege.com/

Le liège récolté est transporté dans des usines de transformation du liège où il est séché, bouilli et transformé en divers matériaux et produits. Étonnamment, 90 % de l’énergie utilisée dans la transformation du liège provient de la combustion de la poussière de liège, un sous-produit de la production. En fait, aucune matière première n’est gaspillée dans la production du liège, ce qui en fait un produit extrêmement durable.

Le liège, outre ses remarquables qualités écologiques, est résistant et propose une durabilité exceptionnelle. Il est parfait pour le rembourrage et l’isolation.
Sa beauté naturelle se trouve rehaussée lorsqu’elle est associée à des couleurs et textures. Nous disposons ici d’une large gamme de couleurs, ainsi que de variations de rouleaux plats travaillés et formés.

Regardez le diaporama pour voir une sélection de lièges présents dans notre collection.

Pour voir leurs qualités individuelles, cliquez sur les liens suivants : CORK, LIÈGE-AGGLO, COLOR CORK, NATCORK B6

Materials
WHY CORK IS SO GREEN!

Cork is one of the most eco-friendly materials on the planet. It is a resolutely sustainable source, from beginning to end-life – you would be hard-pressed to find a material greener than cork!

Growing primarily in the Mediterranean region, the cork tree needs very little maintenance to flourish. In Portugal, the world’s number one cork producing country, the production of cork is highly regulated. Trees can only be harvested once they reach 25 years of age, and are then harvested every 9 years after regrowth. To harvest the cork produced, the outer layer of skin is stripped from the tree and the tree remains unharmed and continues growing.

Photo Credit : Planete Liege https://planeteliege.com/

The harvested cork is taken to cork processing factories where it is dried, boiled and formed into various materials and products. Amazingly, 90% of the energy used in cork processing is made from burning cork dust, a byproduct of production. In fact, none of the raw material is wasted at all in the production of cork, making it extremely sustainable.

Cork, aside from its remarkable ecological qualities, is both hard-wearing and exceptionally durable, perfect for cushioning and remarkable as insulation. Its natural beauty is enhanced by colour and texture and we hold a large range of colours here, as well as worked and formed flat roll variations.

Take a look at the slideshow to see a selection of corks we have here in our library.

To see their individual qualities click on the following links: CORK, LIÈGE-AGGLO, COLOR CORK, NATCORK B6

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Summer Break


Our materials : Sable, Lenticulaire PC Aqua Piscine & Dried Plants

Our showroom in Paris is closed for one week in August :

Summer Break 10th August – 14th August, 2020

After a uniquely challenging start to the year, with the epidemic and subsequent deconfinement, we can finally start to leave the cities that we’ve been confined in, and breath in some fresh air. 

Let’s all enjoy our well-earned freedom, in the great outdoors!

Art
L’Expérience Artistique

Notre appétit d’Expérience Artistique n’a jamais été aussi énorme. Malgré toute l’énergie et l’imagination qui se sont invitées dans les alternatives online, rien ne remplace la présence “matérielle” de l’Art. Les expositions virtuelles, les showrooms en ligne et les présentations vidéo ne seront toujours qu’illusions, substituts frustrants de l’expérience réelle. L’Art est une activité sensorielle, corporelle parfois qui occupe l’espace réel et nous avons souffert de ce sevrage de créations matérielles et d’Expériences Artistiques.

Lorsque les galeries de Paris ont rouvert à la sortie du confinement, nous n’avions qu’une hâte : partir à l’exploration de tous ces shows que nous avions manqués, découvrir toutes les nouvelles expositions à l’affiche. Jetez un œil parmi les celles qui nous ont le plus marqué dans la projection ci-dessous et laissez-vous tenter par une visite !

Credit Photo: All photos courtesy the galleries and artists cited

Art
The Artful Experience

Our hunger for the experience of art has never been stronger. Despite the energy and ingenuity that went into online alternatives, nothing can replace the living presence of art; virtual exhibitions, online viewing rooms and digital presentations will only ever be illusory, unsatisfying substitutes for the ‘real thing’. Art is a material and sensual activity that happens in real space and time and we have been starved of physical artworks and art experiences. When the galleries in Paris re-opened their doors after the deconfinement we couldn’t wait to go and explore the shows we missed and discover the new shows that were opening. Have a look through some of our favourites in the slideshow above, and let us tempt you to visit them IRL!

Credit Photo: All photos courtesy the galleries and artists cited

Story of the Month
Turn Your Trash into Treasure

3D mesh printed using a 3D printer using a mixture that incorporates 20% Ubiplast™ making the final printed product Climate Positive, in its neutral colour

American Supply has dedicated its path to seeking out and pushing innovative practices since 1948. Our continuing quest for innovation focusses on sustainable materials and durable technical solutions – those that strain the environment as little as possible during their production, use, transformation, or disposal – and our commitment to the tenets of sustainability and eco-innovation in the future is paramount.

After three months of lockdown, the deconfinement has us taking cautious yet affirmative steps back towards normality and getting ready to experience our city revitalized and the ‘new normal.’ We, like you, have been in an introspective frame of mind, with a desire to better our practices and our product offer and we want our vision to meet your future needs. Coming out of confinement, we have seen a convergence of focus on local products and local markets. Our office in central Paris is in the heart of Europe, which makes us perfectly placed to react to the needs of clients from all over the continent with rapid response times with efficient material and production solutions.

Sable, a new eco-innovative material composed of porjected mica and minerals on non-woven eco-backing.

With this in mind, we are proud to introduce a new thermoplastic raw material at American Supply – Ubiplast™. Ubiplast™ is produced from 100% domestic waste, using an innovative new process; therefore, it reduces potential harmful landfill and is an essential infinitely renewable resource for the planet and you.

Some examples of colors and forms generated in pellet form, all are climate positive. Colours can be generated for bespoke projects and the final carbon footprint will be determined by the mix needed and used.

Ubiplast™ comes in pellet form and can be used in manufacturing processes in injection, extrusion and compression moulding. It can be mixed in varying percentages with olefin, styrene and chlorine-based resins and additives, which all impact differently on the final carbon footprint. When used in as little as 10% of the final mix, it makes the final product Carbon Neutral, and if used in 20% the final product becomes Climate Positive. We are very proud to offer this innovative product, as it is truly a breakthrough for the plastic industry and the environment – we can now turn our trash into treasure!

We have produced several tests using natural coloured pellets in a 3D printer, using a mixture that incorporates 20% Ubiplast™ making the final printed product Climate Positive, in its neutral colour. We have experimented making sculptural forms and a flexible mesh, which can then be sanded and painted in eco-friendly paints. These examples are just the tip of the iceberg of possibilities! With our 3D printing capabilities, we can produce sculptural elements for your projects up to 1.5 metres by 1.5 metres in size, making Ubiplast™ an eco-innovative choice for all luxury Merchandising and PLV.

Several forms printed using a 3D printer using a mixture that incorporates 20% Ubiplast™ making the final printed product Climate Positive, in its neutral color

We are also currently developing an exclusive range of ready-to-use sheet materials that can be applied to your fashion, design and merchandising projects that will be revealed soon. We can also accompany you to develop bespoke materials and applications that will make your material solutions climate positive and more environmentally friendly.

We look forward to working with you on your upcoming projects, incorporating this wonderful new eco-innovative material, making the Material World a more conscious, eco-friendly place!

Contact a material expert to learn more about how Ubiplast™ can enrich and benefit your creative projects.

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Dancing Colors


Source: https://www.instagram.com/mltrparis/

The famous swimming pool at Hôtel Molitor was emptied, and once again accommodated dancing with this sensuous video – Liberté – conceived during confinement by Éric Marion and Sylvia Randazzo with the dancers Myriam Ould Braham and Mickael Lafon from Opera de Paris.

Amelie Lengrand’s beautiful sculptural installation Iris, made using our iconic Magic Mirror material, floats above the basin coloring the dancers’ movements. Like a moving painting, it refracts the light in spectacular ways, layering chromatic reflections over their bodies as they perform.

Though the water is drained, this prismatic effect recalls its liquid light surface, bringing the sun itself to life. Enjoy the video above, courtesy of the Hôtel Molitor Instagram feed.

The infamous Heretik Sound System free party at Hôtel Molitor, Paris, 2001
Photo Credit : 20minutes.fr (https://www.20minutes.fr/culture/618633-20101105-culture-la-folie-free-parties-annees-90-teuf-dvd)

See our previous story on Amelie Lengrand’s Iris sculpture here.

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La Danse des Couleurs

Source : https://www.instagram.com/mltrparis/

La célèbre piscine de l’Hôtel Molitor a été vidée le temps d’une danse capturée pour les besoins de Liberté, une sensuelle vidéo conçue pendant le confinement par Éric Marion et Sylvia Randazzo avec le concours de Myriam Ould Braham et Mickael Lafon, danseurs de l’Opera de Paris.

L’installation sculpturale flottant au dessus du bassin et nommée Iris a été conçue par Amélie Lengrand à partir de notre Magic Mirror, produisant des éclats de lumières colorées sur les corps, au rythme de leurs mouvements de danse.

The infamous Heretik Sound System free party at Hôtel Molitor, Paris, 2001
Photo Credit : 20minutes.fr (https://www.20minutes.fr/culture/618633-20101105-culture-la-folie-free-parties-annees-90-teuf-dvd)

Voir le sculpture d’Amelie Lengrand sur The Material Journal ici