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Jan-Carlos Kucharek

Non-porous rainscreen mineral composite panels

Crumpled paper anyone? Surface in silicon chip effect? Strange Mother of Pearl-like finish? Ooh-la-la! The R&D guys at French firm Carea have really been working overtime to pull together their latest range of non-porous rainscreen mineral composite panels – influenced by everything from ancient Egypt (Papyrus) to ‘The Matrix’ (Urba). But here, says the firm, you’re not forced to choose between ‘Red pill’ or ‘Blue pill’, as its surface effects come in any colour you want, even metallics. And it seems keen to shout about the bits you can’t see too: its patented fixing structure invisibly holds both panel and insulation layer in place; making them, like the benefits of French employment law, effectively non-removable.

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