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materials are constantly manipulated
for performance, cost, aesthetics, or, with green
a norm in design today, eco-friendliness. John
Morgan, president of the National Kitchen & Bath
Association, has observed in his industry a shift
in cabinet construction from oak, maple, and
cherry to bamboo plywood, as well as faux wood
veneers. "Today's consumer has no interest in the
deforestation of rare woods," Morgan explains.
"So they turn to suppliers who have mastered
the art of peeling common, managed woods
and then dyeing them to mimic exotic ones."
Mimicry has in fact spawned new applications and
innovations for tried-and-true materials. Ceramic tiles
have been realistically re-creating concrete or wood.
And plastic frequently takes on illusory roles, from
stone to metal. At a hotel overlooking Ski Dubai, the
Aspen Lounge boasts a snow wall-of plastic handcarved by London-based Solomon&Wu. "We chose
resin for its strength-to-weight ratio," says company
director Jake Solomon of the panels, which hang from
cinderblock walls. The feature is chill-inducing, but less
prone to chipping and avalanching. -Sheila Kim
$ = value, $$ = mid-range, $$$ = high-end
ink designer laminates
performance: A collaboration
composite mesh plate
performance: The acoustic ceiling
corium steel-backed brick
manufacturer: Telling Architectural
reclaimed teak flooring
manufacturer: IndoTeak Design
performance: This smooth-
between three diferent designers yielded
Ink, a series of color-forward graphic patterns
for high-pressure laminates. Greenguard
Indoor Air Quality certifed, the products are
available in 4-by-8-foot sheets.
price range: $$$
applications: As with other laminate
products, Ink can be applied to counters,
partitions, furniture, and other fat horizontal
and vertical surfaces.
product CMP features GKD Metal Fabric
backed by an aluminum honeycomb plate,
which provides rigidity for maintaining
shapes. Its underlayment is an acoustic
price range: $$$
applications: Reaching dimensions up
to 6 by 13 feet, CMP can be used on standard
suspension or concealed clamping systems.
Eight styles are available.
bricks and steel backing trays ofer the
guise of traditional brickwork with the
performance of a ventilated rainscreen. The
system meets ASHRAE 90.1 requirements for
thermal and moisture performance.
price range: $$
applications: It can be mounted at any
angle and onto a wide range of substrates.
fnished engineered-wood fooring is
composed of 100 percent reclaimed teak
sourced from the siding of buildings slated
for demolition. Available unfnished or
prefnished with a VOC-free wax oil, in a
herringbone or plank format.
price range: $$$
applications: In addition to reclaiming
teak for fooring, the company uses the wood
to produce natural slabs, tiles, and wall panels.
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performance: Genuine frost-resistant
= eco-friendly attributes
photo credit: courtesy solomon&wu
winter wonderland Moldings company Solomon&Wu hand-carved 40 resin panels and fnished them in plaster to create an
18-foot-high snow wall within Aspen Lounge at the Kempinski Mall of the Emirates Hotel.
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Snap - November/December 2013
Snap - November/december 2013
Dekton on Deck
Case Study: Hospitality
Daylight & Sun Control
Glass & Glazing
Product Focus: Glass & Glazing
Green Product Roundup
Made in the USA
Making Sense of the New Leed
Live & Learn: Ceu Courses
The Sweets Spot
Dates & Events
Trade Show News
Partners in Design
Snap - November/December 2013