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What is this?

Square tiles embossed to a depth of 2.5 inches. The embossing includes 2 protrusions in alternate corners, one triangular and one rounded. The tiles are a natural brown in color and can be installed in many different patterns on the wall or ceiling. Produced from 100% post and pre-consumer recycled paper.

Why is this in our collection?

These tiles are made from 100% post and pre-consumer recycled materials.  When installed on your wall they can be painted, stenciled or left in the natural color.  These tiles are available in 3 colors:  grey (made from recycled newpaper), white and brown.  When they are no longer needed they can again be recycled.    This is one of the few "green" wallcoverings in existence.  It is a clever and versatile design that shows a new use of old materials.  It can be hung straight across or on the diagonal.  It is reminiscent of the embossed papers that began appearing in the late 19th century, only in much higher relief. 

This is a sidewall tile from United States. It is dated 2004 and we acquired it in 2005. Gift of MIO. This object is currently resting in our storage facility ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ

Its medium is

molded recycled paper

Its dimensions are

H x W x D: 30.5 x 30.5 x 5.7 cm (12 x 12 x 2 1/4 in.)

This object was manufactured by MIO

This object was donated by MIO

This object has been included in the following exhibitions:

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<ref name=CH>{{cite web |url= |title=Sidewall Tile, "V2", 2004 |author=Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum |accessdate=28 July 2014 |publisher=Smithsonian Institution}}</ref>

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