Laminates Highlighted in Furniture Society Exhibit
A special exhibition at The Furniture Society’s annual conference features laminate furniture by top designers.
To showcase the design possibilities offered by laminate materials, Wilsonart International joined forces with The Furniture Society, a nonprofit organization of studio furnituremakers, to present a special exhibition at the society’s fourth annual conference. The conference, “Furniture 2000: Old and New Communities,” was held in Toronto, ONT, in June. It featured panel discussions and presentations by several studio furnituremakers, workshops and tours. There also was a two-man show of the work of John Makepeace, Dorset, England, and Stephen Hogbin, Wiarton, ONT, plus the Wilsonart-sponsored exhibit.
The 12 designers asked by Wilsonart to participate were picked in large part because they do not traditionally use laminate in their designs. The intent was to give them an opportunity to experiment with pattern and application, Wilsonart says.
“This project was about pushing the conceptual envelope of how laminate could be used, stretching beyond normal commercial uses,” says Peter Handler, a member of The Furniture Society’s board of trustees.
Three of the exhibition pieces are featured here. For additional information about The Furniture Society, phone (804) 973-1488 or visit its Web site at www.furnituresociety.org.
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