Designtex, a domestic supplier of textiles and wallcoverings, has announced a collaboration with 3M Architectural Markets as the exclusive distributor of its DI-NOC Architectural Finishes for North America. While it has been a major success in the Japanese market for the past 15 years, 3M launched the product at this past NeoCon, held annually at Chicago’s Merchandise Mart. Available in more than 500 patterns and colors, the finish can achieve the look of materials in unexpected places to meet building codes, fire codes, even standards for weight restrictions on cruise ships.
The pressure-sensitive adhesive also allows for ease of application, thanks to a micro-grid pattern that pushes air out from beneath the film and activates a proprietary resinated bond. The film can also be easily removed and reapplied for up to 24 hours, at which point the glue cures. DI-NOC is stable in hot, cold, dry, and humid climates, and can be heat formed around curves and corners for a monolithic appearance. The E-Series is also available in a non-vinyl option—realized in polyester—though this option cannot be heat formed. Both the vinyl and polyester films can be laser-cut to maximize material use and precision.