THE BALL AND ROPE PRINCIPLE
The lightweight and highly precise furniture system made of fine birch plywood can be set up without tools using two novel connection systems. Two rope loops clamp the individual parts of a module together homogeneously. The corner joints remain elastic, the result is a very resistant module, despite reduced material thickness. The cord is made of two different yarns: the polyester core ensures a durable elasticity, whereas the polypropylene jacket protects it from abrasion. If stainless steel balls are placed in the precisely milled hollows of two modules, a stable connection is created, which remains so even under an increasing weight load, as the load is evenly distributed across the balls. The ball and rope principle protects the material and allows for repeated assembling, dismantling and reassembling without any loss of quality or wear and tear.
Xilobis is a natural birch wood furniture. The high demands on the strength of the timber components are met through the plywood or laminate technology. Thin layers of wood are glued together in different directions and thus ensure that the wood panel is «locked», so the swelling and shrinking behavior is homogenized. This birch plywood meets our needs better than a solid wood panel and can be processed more precisely. Our natural raw material is 100% FSC-certified birch plywood processed using non-toxic glue.
The xilobis birch plywood is made in Ukraine exclusively from birch wood obtained under sustainable forest management. The raw material used by our certified and regularly
controlled suppliers (EN ISO 9001, FSC) comes mainly from plantations in Ukrainian forests.
The black and white film coating the surface of our plywood is very resistant and also more environmentally friendly than conventional paints. It consists of a wafer-thin paper foil protected by a film of melamine or phenol. The surface won’t splinter on impact like common laminate. Another specialized characteristic of its natural surface is its comfortable, warm touch upon direct contact. The surface is easy to care and UV-resistant.
Melamine resin coating white
Melamine resin direct coatings are durable, tough and waterproof surfaces with good UV and chemical resistance. Pressure and heat impact is used to irreversibly press and harden
the resin impregnated papers together with their corresponding substrate panels without the addition of any extra adhesives. The good physical properties and a long service life
of the coated materials counteract the relatively high energy and water consumption required for the special paper production. Melamine resin surfaces meet the "Food Safety" and
"Safety of Toys" requirements.
Phenol resin coating black
Phenol resin direct coatings are translucent, durable, tough and waterproof surfaces, which allow the natural wood grain to slightly show through. Pressure and heat impact is used
to irreversibly press and harden the resin impregnated papers together with their corresponding substrate panels without the addition of any extra adhesives. The good physical
properties and a long service life of the coated materials counteract the relatively high energy and water consumption required for the special paper production. The colour of the
coating and the substrate can change slightly under UV radiation. The water resistance of the coating may decrease if exposed to strong sunlight over an extended period. The
high-grade process of film coating can lead to visible surface embeddings; small surface scratches depend on the material and cannot be ruled out.
SLIDING DOORS AND OTHER OPTIONS
A variety of carefully selected materials and colors allow an
individual design. Sliding doors are available in glossy or glazed acrylic glass, natural birch wood, aluminum, iron rust, slate veneer and a selection of quality pigment colors. Depending on your wishes and requirements, xilobis can be further customized at any time with the many options such as drawers, suspension file drawers, shelves, dividers and brochure dispensers.
The xilobis modular furniture system has been awarded the 2015 Red Dot Award for design quality, innovation, functionality and ecological compatibility. The jury have particularly appreciated the high degree of creative freedom and mobility. With the Prix Lignum 2012 xilobis is granted recognition for the particularly forward-looking and high-quality wood craftsmanship.
Sustainability is an ever more important point of reference in architecture and interior design. Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) is one of the most popular green building certification programs used worldwide. It includes a set of rating systems that aims to help building owners and operators be environmentally responsible and use resources efficiently. The xilobis modular furniture system provides the certificate applicants with important credits in the sectors MRC2, MRC4, MRC6 and EQC2 (LEED V4).
xilobis wasn’t just invented in Switzerland, it is also entirely manufactured in Switzerland with state-of-the-art CNC-technology in response to the very high requirements for end product precision. All components of the xilobis system are sustainable, environment-friendly and made in collaboration with local suppliers and social institutions. Because «Made in Switzerland» isn’t just lip service – it’s a central pillar of the xilobis corporate philosophy.
Katrin Trautwein and her team produce pigment paint colors in Switzerland that are truly unique. They sparkle like freshly fallen snow. They reverberate in niches and corners, fill spaces with
the sounds of silence, and glow like moonlight. They are crafted by hand from more than 120 different pigments. Each kt.COLOR pigment has a unique story. The raw materials come from chalk cliffs,
ocher pits or mountain ranges. Kt.COLOR became famous for developing the colors used by Le Corbusier in his architecture.
Our small parts are manufactured in the workshops of
the Stöckenweid Foundation, which offers 70 protected
workplaces for people with disabilities. Through education, training and therapy, the foundation provides a stable basis for disabled employees and gives them the opportunity to learn and develop their skills.
For almost 50 years, the Züriwerk Foundation has been committed to the social and economic participation of people with predominantly cognitive impairments in the canton of Zurich. The foundation enables people with disabilities to participate competently in habitats that are as normal as possible and to develop their individual living environment as actively, independently and stably as possible.
In addition to a young and motivated team, carpentry Fust has one of the most modern machine parks in Switzerland and maintains a high degree of technologisation and automation. This is where the precise carvings for the balls as well as the grooves for the rope loops of the xilobis system are made.
Zurbuchen AG is a furniture producer with tradition. In the company's production facility in Amlikon our wooden parts are formatted and smoothed with 0.1 mm accuracy.
Our iron sliding-doors are unique pieces, hand-made by Nicola Colombo through a long procedure. The individual iron plates are first punched, folded, provided with recessed grips and smoothed.
After that, they are exposed to the sun and the rain in Ticino for about 4 months, and brushed and turned over every 3 weeks. The color and structure of each piece is influenced by the weather.
Finally, they are heated in an oven to about 250° C and then treated with a special mixture of oil, wax and tar to prevent any further rusting.
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