New York, June 28, 2007 — Humanscale’s Monofilament Stripe textile has achieved the independent bluesign® environmental standard. The standard was developed by bluesign technologies ag, a Switzerland-based organization dedicated to ensuring that textiles and their production processes are environmentally friendly, create no health hazards, and conserve resources to the greatest possible extent.
The bluesign standard was created in response to the increasing demand for environmentally sustainable textile products, and is designed to comply with the most stringent and commercially significant legislation worldwide. Products are assessed in five categories—resource productivity, consumer safety and protection, air emission, water emission, and occupational health and safety—to guarantee the highest environmental standards throughout the entire production process.
The award-winning Monofilament Stripe mesh textile, designed exclusively for Humanscale’s Liberty Chair by Elizabeth Whelan, provides optimal ergonomic support and comfort by melding strength, flexibility, and resiliency. Designed with sustainability as well as aesthetics in mind, it is a high-performance weave of non-stretch polyester monofilament and nylon yarns. The luminous quality of each individual monofilament strand allows for the passage of light, creating a distinctive translucency. Like Humanscale’s other mesh textiles, Monofilament Stripe has a low abrasion factor and is extremely gentle on clothing.
Working closely with Liberty designer Niels Diffrient, Whelan created Monofilament Stripe as part of her Luminesce collection of high-performance mesh designs to answer the required specifications of translucency, breathability, and sustainability. In December 2006, Luminesce was selected for inclusion in “Design Life Now: National Design Triennial” at the Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, along with the Liberty conference and side chairs—the only office chairs to be chosen for the exhibit. “Design Life Now” features the most important designs of the past three years, representing the work of more than 87 designers, innovators, and emerging figures in the world of design including Boeing, Nike, Apple and NASA. The exhibit runs through July 29, 2007.
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Humanscale is the premier designer and manufacturer of ergonomic products that improve the health and comfort of work life. Achieving more with less, Humanscale’s product designs have been honored with more than 150 prestigious awards since 2007 and featured in various museums such as The Museum of Modern Art.