CornWall® is a tile or sheet material made from regional (Western Europe) organic waste (corncob cores) destined for fermentation, burning as biomass or simply to remain on the field.
As the CO2 absorbed by the fibres of the corn cobs during growth is not naturally broken down or burned and thus retained for longer, CornWall® is a CO2-neutral product. There is also no end-of-life waste since the product is 100% biodegradable or can be 100% reused.
CornWall® will be supplied with a demountable anchoring system and is an affordable alternative for ceramic wall cladding or other less sustainable composite materials such as HPL (High-Pressure Laminate). The product is thus not glued and can be removed from the interior if needed.
This upcycled product is provided with bio-coating to make it moisture-repellent, and various colours are created by adding pigments. Application includes vertical wall finishing for the interior, such as walls, backsplashes of bars and hotel rooms, and panelling. CornWall® is firm and durable, comparable to HPL and hardwood, but thinner. Dimensions are tight, making it suitable for CNC milling.
CornWall® is produced in a sheltered workshop in Antwerp, Belgium. Circular Matters utilises a pressing process to create the products. By heating organic material up to 150 degrees Celsius, the polymers in the biomass activate and form strong bonds, which results in a strong and stable end product. This heating process is electrical, powered by sustainable energy, mainly from solar panels on the roof of the production facility. The production process requires no fossil fuels.
In the future, Circular Matters intends to set up a recycling scheme, enabling the return of end-of-life products. These tiles can then be ground and converted 100% into a new product.
We will start producing the CornWall® base collection with one texture, eight colours and two sizes. Additional high-end textures will follow soon. Bespoke options are available for orders over 1000 m².
The CornWall® collection is curated under the creative and strategic direction of Studio Nina van Bart. Studio Nina van Bart is a forward-thinking multidisciplinary design studio that creates colourful, tactile, and high-quality functional designs. They specialise in redefining materials for ambitious brands.
The official launch of CornWall® will be in the second half of November. Sign up for our newsletter to be the first to hear more.
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About Circular Matters
Circular Matters, headquartered in Antwerp, Belgium, brings impact-positive alternatives to rigid plastics and panel materials to the world by combining engineering, science and business. After an initial period of working from the laboratories of KU Leuven, they moved to their pilot production facility in Antwerp, where they further developed their processing techniques and improved the material properties of their plant-based materials.
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About Studio Nina van Bart
Studio Nina van Bart collaborates with architects, design studios, curators, filmmakers, research institutions and design magazines on product development, product improvement and industrial design. Through their expert research, they re-imagine the future with a focus on colour, material and finishing.
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