April Vignette - April Showers

From Back to Front:

Lapitec - Fossill, Grigio Cemento
Durat - 150
Kirei - EchoPanel, 542
Bark House - White Birch
Paperstone - Slate (raw edge)

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January Vignette - Fresh Start

From Back to Front:

IceStone - Sapphire Snow 
Koskisen - KoskiDecor Transparent Plywood,White 9003
Kirei - EchoPanel, Striae, 448 
Kirei - EchoPanel, Hex, 444
Durat - Custom color 
Bark House - White Birch Laminate

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Going Platinum

The most coveted of all claims, Cradle to Cradle Certification, just recognized its first Platinum product, Bark House poplar panels. This certification is a testament to The Bark House® by Highland Craftsman’s commitment to environmental and social stewardship. The panels are the first, and only product to achieve the Platinum level of certification. These exterior grade shingles are used for cladding, accent walls and because they are tree bark, they are not only beautiful but incredibly resilient to weather and environmental conditions. For more information on Bark House, email us at barkhouse@caragreen.com.

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Building Our Network with Bark House

We know Bark House is beautiful and elegantly brings a bit of nature into a space, and now Cisco knows too. This unique installation was the brainchild of IA Architects in Raleigh, North Carolina, and includes the white birch Bark House tiled into a pattern that is a work of art. Photographs are courtesy of Jim Sink. For more information about Bark House, more design inspiration or samples, please contact barkhouse@caragreen.com.

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April Vignette - Brunette

From left to right:
reSawn Timber, Shou Sugi Ban, Tora
Merge Design, Iced Mocha
Durat, 160
PaperStone, Chocolate
Bark House, White Pine
Wonderwall Studios, Springs

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October Vignette - Haunted Harvest

From bottom to top:

Kirei Coco Tile, Java Collection, Losari Leather
Durat, 480
IceStone, Gotham Grey
Kirei Echo Panel, Ceremony Print #122
Bark House, Maple Twig
reSawn Timber, Shou Sugi Ban, Hai (cypress)

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September Vignette - Fall Fantasy

We are getting our game on this September by recruiting the best lineup of our vibrant autumn colors for this month's vignette.

From bottom to top

Barkhouse, Sanded Poplar, White Birch
IceStone, Amber Pearl
Durat, 110, 450, 480
PaperStone, Cabernet

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Summer Vignette - Fireworks and FIFA

Let's hope Team USA's ladies can kick soccer's reputation up a notch with a win this Independence Day Weekend.


From bottom to top:
Bark House, Standard Poplar
PaperStone, Graphite
IceStone, Cobalt Ice and Sapphire Snow
Durat, 100, 080, 450 and 012 (the ring)

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May Vignette - May Flowers

Stem: Bark House, Maple Pole
Leaves: IceStone, Forest Fern, Sage Pearl, & Denim Moss
Petals: Durat, 450, 150, 100, 090, 480, 370, 910, & 750
Center: EcoFusion, Morning Mist 
Background: Kirei Geometry Tile, 362

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April Vignette - Spring Forward

From bottom to top:
Torzo, Tiikeri, Turquoise
Durat, 750
Durat, 364
Bark House, White Pine
MergeDesign, ecoX, Buscuit 

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Book an Event with CaraGreen

It is not easy to remember everything that CaraGreen carries, so we offer refreshers in the following formats, schedule yours today (kim@caragreen.com):

-  Product showcase at your location
-  Hosted visit at our showroom
-  Webex event
-  AIA CE course, GBCI CE course (call for options)

As a quick refresher, our lines extend from the floor to the ceiling – the whole sustainable interior envelope – and include:

SURFACING

-  PaperStone
-  Merge Design
-  IceStone
-  Durat
-  TorZo

FLOORING

-  ECOfusion flooring
-  BABA flooring
-  Plyboo flooring

WALLS

-  Kirei EchoPanel
-  BarkHouse
-  Kirei board
-  Plyboo plywood
-  UltraTouch insulation
-  TorZo surfaces

Caragreen Swatches

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September Vignette - Cool Fall Arrives

From bottom to top:
Torzo, Blue Stain Pine
IceStone, Sky Pearl

Bark House, Poplar Interior Panel
Kirei EchoPanel, 12mm Color 551

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A Walk in the Woods with Bark House

Nestled in the North Carolina mountains, Spruce Pine is a quaint little town where our manufacturing partner - Bark House - is located.  We visited their location last month to see all of their beautiful materials in production and to tour the facility.  Bark House prides itself on not only providing sustainable materials, with their Cradle to Cradle certified products, but also by being a sustainable company.  Bark House is a B Corporation and they have solar panels that offset the amount of power they use.   Bark House uses every piece of the tree possible which results in some amazing, unique pieces that you can't find anywhere else.  We got the chance to see how the bark is peeled, flattened and dried.  We also had the chance to see their new "Leathered" Pin Cherry panels, which are made by peeling back the first layer of bark to reveal the layer in between.  In the spirit of its commitment to “no waste,” Bark House donates scrap wood from their processes to the elderly in the community for fire wood.    Next time you venture to the North Carolina mountains, stop by Spruce Pine and visit Bark House.

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Pin Cherry Leather

Three words that don’t seem to go together?  Maybe not – but look at the result.  This beautiful thin layer beneath the bark of the Pin Cherry logs results in a gorgeous new product from Bark House.   Pin cherry leather is exposed from beneath the thicker outer layer of bark on logs at the Bark House factory in Spruce Pine, NC, laminated to a substrate and assembled into panels.

This is just the latest in the beautiful bark and tree products that Bark House offers. Email BarkHouse@caragreen.com for more information.

Bark House offers live edge slabs, solid slab tables, bark panels, twigs and poles:  all by-products of the logging industry.  

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Whatever Floats Your Boat

In this case, it is Bark House poplar siding panels for this floating home in Seattle, where the owners wanted to differentiate their second home on Lake Union.  Over 186 poplar panels were shipped from Bark House in North Carolina to the Washington floating home and the end result is absolutely stunning.

Bark House offers more than just bark panels, they have slabs and tabletops, stumps and planks, twigs and poles - contact CaraGreen to find out about all their options to help you create natural, unique designs. 

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We Take Our Work Home with Us

We believe in work-life balance, but with products like ours, how can you not take work home with you? During a recent renovation at her home in Pittsboro, NC, CaraGreen‘s Barbara Ford used Standard Grade Poplar Panels from BarkHouse as cabinet insets, EcoFusion strandwoven bamboo Colorfusion in African Safari for flooring and UltraTouch recycled denim insulation in the walls.  The Fords were adding a master bedroom and wanted it to have a treehouse feel to it, which they achieved using this suite of CaraGreen products.

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Spring Cleaning

The focus of the design community on mitigating waste has resulted in interest in less “sample heavy” design libraries.  We hear you!  We have color cards that capture the aesthetics and color palette for most of our products and offer these in lieu of bulky sample boxes when requested.  A library “refresh” is more of a “clean out” for a lot of firms, as materials change.  If you would like any color cards for Durat, Meld, BarkHouse, PaperStone, EcoFusion, or TorZo, please let us know and we can drop them off or email them to your firm.

Please email info@caragreen.com or call 919.929.3009 with any requests.

Color Cards

 

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March Vignette - Dreaming of Spring

From bottom to top:
Durat Recycled Solid Surface, 054
Bark House, Poplar Panel
PaperStone, Pewter
Bark House, Twig
Durat Recycled Solid Surface, 800

Dreaming of Spring

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Bark House Branches Out

With success comes innovation at Bark House, where these unique, stunning new materials are poised to inspire amazing new designs.  Motivated by designers who have already created innovative pieces with the twigs and poles from Bark House, the company launched a new line of poplar, maple, and locust twigs, poles and end cut panels which can be seen here  

Samples are available by emailing info@caragreen.com or calling 919.929.3009

New Bark House Twigs

 

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February Vignette - Wintry Mix

From bottom to top: 
-Meld EcoX,#70 Natural.  Hand crafted concrete with recycled glass
-EcoFusion, Natural vertical bamboo veneer.
-Bark House, White Birch panel
-Oceanside Glass Tile, Tessera, White in iridescent. 
-Durat Recycled Solid Surface,  760, 910, 100 (top to bottom)

wintry mix

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Judy Lawrence Joins CaraGreen as Sales Representative for New England

CaraGreen welcomes Judy Lawrence as our new sales representative for New England. Judy brings 26 years of experience to our team. As a manufacturer’s sales representative in the A & D community, Judy’s mission has long been to bring clients and manufacturers together. Judy represents a range of interior products including architectural glass, recycled wood products, Australian wool textiles, and now CaraGreen’s
sustainable portfolio, including Durat, EcoFusion, Meld, and Bark House. This gives Judy a diversified mix of innovative products to share with firms. Judy enjoys, and excels at, assembling creative product presentations and keeping pace with the ever-changing design industry. If you’re in the New England area, contact Judy for samples and info on CaraGreen products.


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Bark House Receives Legacy Leader Honoree Recognition from Cradle to Cradle

Congratulations to Bark House for being recognized as a Legacy Leader Honoree by the Cradle To Cradle Products innovation Institute. Bark House was among many prestigious companies that were honored at the Institute’s inaugural "Innovation Celebration" in New York in December, including Puma, Herman Miller, and Aveda. Co-Host, Susan Sarandon, said “Tonight is not about hope, or promise, or vision — it is about reality. Tonight we are honoring a few of the many hundreds of companies who have turned promise into reality by transforming the way they make products and, in doing so, are showing the way so that many others can follow. The companies embracing Cradle to Cradle design and certification are proving that we can have a world abundant in health and resources; a world characterized by new expectations for what makes something high quality and beautiful.” We are proud of Bark House for this achievement. Learn more about their products.

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Best of 2013

Installations - The Rank House
The Rank House used EcoFusion Color Fusion Bamboo Floors from CaraGreen and generated tons of buzz. It won the 2013 Matsumoto Prize and was featured on ArchDaily.

Tradeshows - NeoCon
CaraGreen exhibited at NeoCon in Chicago and received an enthusiastic response from architects and designers on our portfolio of sustainable materials. This year we’re headed to HD Expo in Las Vegas in May!

Best Vignette
We’ve declared a tie between March’s Cherry Blossom and December’s Starry Night. View the sustainable materials that make up these vignettes on our blog.

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December Vignette - Starry Night

From bottom to top:

-Durat Recycled Solid Surface, 054
-EcoFusion Strandwoven Color Fusion Bamboo Veneer, Crushed Wheat
-TorZo Orient Recycled Wood Acrylic Infused Panel, Sapphire
-Bark House White Birch Bark Panel
-Meld Luxe Hand Crafted Concrete with Recycled Glass, Biscuit

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August Vignette - Earthen

From bottom to top:
-Bark House Yellow Birch Panel
-ECOfusion Color Fusion Strand Woven Bamboo Flooring, Stormy Night
-TorZo Parda Recycled Wood Panel, Cocoa
-Durat, Recycled Solid Surface, #760
-Oceanside Recycled Glass Tile, Cane Iridescent

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NeoCon’s Most Popular Products

 

In June, CaraGreen exhibited at NeoCon in Chicago. We were pleased to meet many architects and designers who were enthusiastic about our sustainable product portfolio. Here were our top showstoppers...

1 - Bark House Poplar Panels - columns supporting our table were clad in Poplar bark and their pure and natural aesthetic charmed many designers.
2 - Durat Bath Tub - Our bright green Durat tub was a showstopper. When admirers learned it was available in over 60 colors, we saw the design wheels turning.
3 - TorZo Tiikeri Sapphire - The unique look of TorZo Tiikeri in a brilliant blue color appealed to those seeking an exotic, refined, and durable material.
4 - ECOfusion Strand Woven Eucalyptus Flooring - Eucalyptus flooring was new to many showgoers. ECOfusion revealed two beautiful new stained eucalyptus flooring colors at the show, a white and dark brown.

For more information on any of these materials, contact us.

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April Vignette - Pollen

Love it or hate it, it's descended upon us - signaling spring and flourishing plant life.
From bottom to top:
-TorZo Hemp Recycled Hemp Panel, Natural
-ECOFusion Engineered Strand Woven Bamboo Flooring, Natural
-Durat, Recycled Solid Surface, #110
-TorZo Durum Recycled Wheat Panel, Natural
-Meld ecoX Handcrafted Concrete and Recycled Glass Slabs, Buttercup
-Durat, Recycled Solid Surface, #090
-Bark House Twig

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March Vignette - Cherry Blossom

Cherry Blossom Materials Vignette

Trees are beginning to flower and the National Cherry Blossom Festival is just a couple of weeks away. Here's how to bring that spring spirit indoors. From left to right:

-Bark House Pin Cherry Panel
-TorZo Orient Recycled Wood Panel, Ruby
-Durat, Recycled Solid Surface, #150
-Meld luxe Handcrafted Concrete and Recycled Glass Slabs, Natural
-ECOFusion Solid Lock Strand Woven Bamboo Flooring, Frost

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February Vignette - Here Comes The Sun

The doldrums of winter have us dreaming of basking in warmth and sun. From back to front:
-TorZo Orient Recycled Wood Panel, Natural
-Meld Xposed Handcrafted Concrete Slabs, Saddleback
-Oceanside Recycled Glass Tile, Tessera, Meringue
-Bark House Yellow Birch Panel
-EcoFusion Strand Wood Eucalyptus Flooring, Strawgrass
-Durat, Recycled Solid Surface, #620

February Vignette - Here Comes The Sun

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Ashley Furniture Installs Bark House Feature Wall 

A newly opened Ashley Furniture HomeStore in Raleigh, NC, installed a Bark House feature wall in their showroom. They used Bark House's Poplar Bark Interior Shingles in 26" lengths with random widths. Their Visual Showroom Merchandiser told us that all of the art they had displayed on the wall had sold and he was in the midst of restyling it.
 
Bark House shingles come in three different grades: Standard, Premium, and Interior. The siding is Cradle to Cradle certified and made from bark obtained from sustainable foresters in the Appalachians harvesting yellow poplar for the plywood and furniture industries. Bark House obtains bark that would otherwise be discarded, or ground into low-grade mulch, and instead turn it into a unique and long-lasting finish material. These shingles can be used both inside and outside. Bark shingles can last up to 80 years and are maintenance free. Large Poplar panels are also available.

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November Vignette - Farewell to Fall

Less than a month left of fall! This vignette embodies the colors of the season and the warmth we're clinging to.
-Bark House, Sanded Poplar Panel
-Oceanside Glasstile, Tessera Mosaics Recycled Glass Tile, Harvest Iridescent
-TorZo Tiikeri, Bronze
-Meld Luxe, Handcrafted Concrete and Recycled Glass Slabs, Slate
-Durat, Recycled Solid Surface, #730

November Vignette, Farewell to Fall

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October Vignette - Witchy

Our Halloween-inspired vignette from back to front:
-Meld Micro, Handcrafted Concrete and Recycled Glass Slabs, Uber Black
-Bark House, White Birch Bark Laminate Panel
-Eco-Terr Tile, Bergamo Black
-Durat, Recycled Solid Surface, #730
-Oceanside Glasstile, Tessera Mosaics Recycled Glass Tile, Pewter Iridescent

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August Vignette - Sultry

It’s the last month of summer and we alternate between excitement for fall and clinging to the last sultry days of the season. This vignette dips a toe in both seasons with hot reds and moody purples grounded by neutral grays. From top to bottom:
-Bark House, White Pine Bark Laminate Panel (background)
-TorZo Parda, Recycled, NAF Wood Fiber Sheets, Amethyst
-Meld Luxe, Handcrafted Concrete and Recycled Glass Slabs, Slate
-Oceanside Glasstile, Tessera Mosaics Recycled Glass Tile, Disco Inferno

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Creation of Twig Walls at Bida Manda Nurtures Community

Bida Manda, which means father and mother in Sanskrit, is a new Laotian restaurant in Raleigh, NC. Owners, brother and sister Vansana and Vanvisa Nolintha, named the restaurant to honor their parents in Laos who instilled in them the belief of nurturing relationships through food. Interestingly, through the process of building their restaurant they also nurtured relationships with friends and the local community who came together to help create twig walls made from branches provided by CaraGreen and Bark House.

Matthew Griffith of in situ studio, architects for Bida Manda, shared the design story with us. He said that their client was amazing and came to them with a mood book full of images. They also had art and personal items from their parents and Laos, which they wanted to integrate into the space. A theme in their mood book was repetitive natural materials. The team was immediately drawn to pictures of Pio Pio restaurant designed by Sebastian Mariscal, which uses branches for the walls and ceiling. Kim Wike, CaraGreen’s triangle representative, stopped by in situ studio at just the right time as they were beginning the project and told them about Bark House who provides everything tree, from twigs to bark panels. CaraGreen and Bark House ended up supplying 3 tons of sticks to clad Bida Manda's walls and the ceiling over the bar including locust, oak, maple, sourwood, and birch species, which are all native to NC. Twigs were specified in 1”-3” diameters and as straight as possible.
 
Griffith told CaraGreen that the sticks were the hardest element to figure out because the restaurant was not sprinklered and it’s an assembly space, so materials had to be Class A fire rated. After many hours of research they found an intumescent varnish that would make the material fireproof and remain clear. After working with the city, and hiring an independent testing engineer to verify the process, they were able to move forward with their twig wall design plan. Budget dictated that the twigs would go in two places; a long wall that surrounds the main dining area and wraps the back wall, which is interrupted by a large display of the Nolinthas’ art, and, on the back bar wall which folds and become the ceiling. Griffith said that when sitting at the bar “you feel like you’re in a nest or womb of sticks”.
 
The twig walls required 750 hours to install. To reduce costs, Vansana and Vanvisa worked with friends to install the sticks. Over forty people helped and through the process, the Bida Manda family grew and it became a sort of community design project. To install the branches, they applied furring strips to the wall, which they then applied rabbit wire overtop. Everything was painted gray. Then, rather primitively, wire twists were used to attach the branches to the rabbit wire, which were then tucked out of sight. There was not a set plan of how to apply the branches and in the feel of the moment they decided to create some undulations around the bar giving it even more texture.

Sustainability was important on this project, which was a renovation of an existing space. Griffith said it was a “musical chairs of what was already there” and they reused as much as possible. Local artists and crafts people provided everything from art to reclaimed wood tables. Water based sealer was used for the concrete floors. LED strip lighting was used to illuminate the display cases containing art. Antiques were integrated into the space. And, the branches were sustainably and locally sourced from Bark House who is a certified B Corporation.

Bida Manda is located at 222 South Blount Street in Raleigh, NC.

The Bida Manda project team includes:

Client: Vansana and Vanvisa Nolintha 
Architect: in situ studio
PME Engineer: Diversified Consulting Group
Contractor: Southeastern Properties and Development Company
Graphic Designer: Jaime Van Ward, Ketchup and Mustard
Prints: Spoon Flower
Textile Art: Shelly Smith
T-shirts + Decals: Ahpeele Studios

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April Vignette - Nest

Twigs, leaves, bits of string and plastic, all make their way into nests to provide structure and softness. This vignette mimics that through materials with a dash of robin's egg blue. From back to front:
-Barkhouse Sanded Poplar Panels
-TorZo Tiikeri Recycled Sorghum Straw Sheets, Turquoise
-Meld Micro Recycled Glass and Concrete Slabs, Saddleback
-Durat recycled solid surface for horizontal or vertical surfaces, color 280

Nest of Sustainable Materials

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January Vignette - Clean Slate

Each new year feels like a clean slate to fill however we choose. This palette is clean and balancing with neutral whites and grays in assorted textures. It combines materials that could be used for casework, walls, and countertops. Materials from back to front:

-Eco-Gres Asia recycled porcelain tile, Waterloo White
-Meld Micro recycled glass and concrete countertops, Concrete
-Bark House Laminate panels, White Birch
-Durat recycled solid surface for horizontal or vertical surfaces, color 910

 

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Bark House Gives Unique Flair to Commercial Flooring Solutions Headquarters

Commercial Flooring Solutions (CFS), headquartered in Charlotte, NC, recently expanded their existing office space into their warehouse space. The move is the result of the company’s growth into six other states on the East Coast. The project architect and designer was Studio Fusion, Harker Doerre was the general contractor, and Metrolina Woodworks was the millworker.

The designer specified Bark House Sanded Poplar panels to clad conference room walls. Per Interior Designer Nan Miller, “The client loved rich, dark woods and wanted a unique design flair to distinguish their space. I thought the Bark House panels in their Conference Room would do just that. The moment we both saw the Bark House sample, we were sold! The natural wood walls blended nicely with their modern design wood furniture. Glass walls allowed for the bark panels to be shown off throughout their new open office area as well. The walls became one of the focal points of the new clean and modern work environment.” Bark House obtains bark from sustainable foresters in the Appalachians harvesting yellow poplar for the plywood and furniture industries, which would otherwise be discarded or ground into low-grade mulch.

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