Lord of the mesh rings: Kaynemaile slays competition for global architecture prize

Idealog article by Ben Mack

Extract: Need to orc-proof your building? A new type of chainmail that's just won a major international award can help.

Kayne Horsham is the inventor of Kaynemaile, a revolutionary polycarbonate architectural mesh for building exteriors and interiors that has won the Best Architectural Product at the NYCxDesign Awards at New York’s Museum of Modern Art.

In 2007 Horsham patented a technology that creates interlocked seamless mesh rings without any joins or gaps. He began experimenting with the mesh while working as an artistic director of Creatures, Armor and Weapons at Weta Workshop – working closely with Sir Peter Jackson for four years on the costumes for The Lord of the Rings.

Part of Kaynemaile’s secret is that it’s made from the same material that’s used to manufacture F16 fighter jet cockpits, helmets for astronauts, and airplane windows. Stronger and lighter than glass, it also reacts well when bright lights are shined against it.

The Kaynemaile mesh is based on a traditional European chainmail assembly, but is produced via the world’s first liquid state assembling process, able to form a 3D impact-absorbing structure made up of solid rings with no joins or seams. Oh, and it’s also 100 percent recyclable – pretty handy if someone wearing it is somehow slain by a horde of angry orcs.

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