By Christina B. Farnsworth |
Inkiostro Bianco and Mapei partnered to produce EQ Dekor, the dual-function seismic-fiber wallpaper and floor covering that decorates and protects. The wallcovering has “structural characteristics that minimize the risk of parts of the walls detaching during earthquakes.” The company says this feature lengthens the evacuation time for safely leaving an earthquake-damaged building. Based on the patented MapeWrap EQ System, the lightweight, flexible wallcovering is a “bidirectional glass fibre fabric cladding” applied using a water-based adhesive. Application is a little different than for typical wallpaper. After spreading a layer of EQ Dekor Adhesive on the wall or floor, the EQ Dekor fiber cladding is applied. Designers and artists collaborated with the company to produce 60 designs.