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Santa Luzia Mouldings wins the iF Design Award 2020 with the SIX collection

Company uses polyurethane plastic waste to manufacture wall coverings

Sustainable by principle, Santa Luzia Mouldings won, on Tuesday (February 4th), the renowned international award iF DESIGN AWARD 2020 with its collection of sustainable wall covering SIX.

The collection was chosen unanimously by the 78 judges in the product discipline in the wall covering category. In all, the competition brought together 7,298 entries from 56 different countries. Later this month, the collection will feature in the iF Design Guide 2020, opening the works for the award ceremony in May in Germany.

Organized by iF - International Forum Design GmbH since 1953, it is the oldest independent design label in the world, consecrating itself as a symbol of excellent achievements by focusing on recognizing the innovative power of design.

Project: Marcelo Salum / CASACOR São Paulo 2019 / Photo: Salvador Cordaro

The SIX Collection combines hexagonal wall coverings of 5 1/8” x5 29/32” in eight color options: white, black, gold, rose gold, glacial gray, elephant gray, graphite and rock. The parts are manufactured from the reutilization of polyurethane (PU) plastic waste.

PU is widely used in the refrigerator and automobile industry as a thermal insulator, but its recycling faces the same challenges as similar plastics like expanded polystyrene (EPS), popularly known as Styrofoam®.

They take up a lot of space and are extremely light, failing to attract the interest of collectors and cooperatives, in addition to the ignorance of a good part of the population about the possibility that they are plastics that can be 100% recycled.

Project: Ana Maria Coelho e Felipe Karam / Mostra + Sustentável 2018 / Photo: Miro Martins

Since discarding the use of wood as its main raw material in the early 2000s, Santa Luzia Mouldings has already transformed almost 110 million pounds of plastic waste into premium sustainable building materials with high performance and durability.

Founded in 1942 as a modest mirror factory in Braço do Norte (SC), the company today is a reference in the decorative profiles market, which gathers baseboards, chair rails/ trims, crowns, casings and their accessories.

Santa Luzia Mouldings is present in more than 400 cities throughout Brazil, totaling 4 thousand points of sale. About 10% of its production is exported to countries such as Argentina, Uruguay, Chile, the United States and Japan.