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Brentano Collaborates with MSI Smart Home
Sustainable fabric designer contributes eco-friendly faux leather to exhibit

Crypton Fabrics: Pompadour and Parfait
Surrounded by its established gardens, the Smart Home welcomes visitors in its niche at the Museum of Science and Industry.

The designers of the "Greenest Home in Chicago" have turned to Brentano as their source for environmentally friendly textiles for the third year. Brentano, the local expert in sustainable fabric design, first collaborated with the Museum of Science and Industry on the original installation of the Smart Home: Green + Wired exhibit in 2008. This year, Scout, a Chicago interior furnishings store, and technology blog Gizmodo have teamed up to create a completely new look for the home that combines uniquely repurposed pieces with the newest, most innovative technologies -- one of Brentano's polyurethane faux leathers a standout among them.
Crypton Fabrics: Pompadour and Parfait
Brentano's pattern Caress covers a reclaimed Knoll sofa in the most prominent position on the first level of the 2011 Smart Home. Scout's owner Larry Vodak chose Caress for the way its substantial, supple construction emulates the hand and weight of real leather. With outstanding abrasion resistance and almost 250 lbs breaking strength, Caress can also handle the traffic of an exhibit that has hosted over 300,000 visitors. Caress carries the Brentano Green fabric label in line with MSI's goal for the Smart Home to introduce "the ways, big and small, to make eco-friendly living a part of everyday life."

The Smart Home exhibit will be open for public guided tours through January 8, 2012.
Crypton Fabrics: Pompadour and Parfait
"Recovering a vintage sofa in eco-friendly, biodegradable leather-like material makes smart use of old furniture."

About the Smart Home
The fully-functioning modular Smart Home -- conceived by the Museum of Science and Industry, designed by architect Michelle Kaufmann Designs™ and built by All American Homes® of Decatur, Ind. -- was opened to the public in May 2008 and due to its popularity has been redesigned each year. It was given the designation "Chicago's Greenest Home" after a comprehensive review of the home's plans, materials and design by the City of Chicago's Chicago Green Homes Program. Since its opening, the Museum has welcomed more than 250,000 guests on 30-minute guided tours that showcase the ways, big and small, that people can make eco-friendly living a part of their lives. Some of the green features that remain year to year include rooftop solar film, a 45-foot wind turbine, green-roof gardens and an interior that has been designed to maximize light and space.

Smart Home: Green + Wired is a must-see exhibit for anyone who wants their home, and life, to be smarter, more efficient and more in tune with the environment than it is today. This exhibit is not included in general admission and requires an additional timed-entry ticket. Tour times vary and are subject to change. The tickets, which include general Museum admission, are $23 for adults, $22 for seniors and $12 for children 3-11. City of Chicago residents receive a discount. Please visit msichicago.org for more information on schedules and to purchase tickets in advance.

Smart Home: Green + Wired is proudly sponsored by ComEd.

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