Cincinnati – Formica Corporation, the inventor of high pressure laminate and the first to pioneer large-scale laminate design, introduces five new full-scale 180fx® patterns that reflect current homeowner preferences toward sweeping exotic granites and bold quartzites.

“180fx® is closing the gap between real and faux,” said Bill Roush, director of communications at Formica Corporation. “Our exclusive advanced printing technology and premium finishes enable us to create exotic stone and granite 180fx® patterns with unmatched realism — from the pattern’s overall 5-foot span to its subtle reflective and tactile qualities. Homeowners can attain the look they desire with the added benefits of affordability, durability and ease of maintenance.”

Five New Patterns for 2012

For 2012, Formica Corporation expands its 180fx® Collection with five new lighter, more neutral options. The patterns feature the premium Etchings™ finish, a softly polished finish etched and dappled with highlights from tiny fissures reminiscent of those found in real granite and stone, or Radiance®, a high-gloss finish that is punctuated with texture and features holographic facets that refract and reflect light.

• 3420-46 Dolce Vita in Etchings™ finish: Dolce Vita is a large-scale exotic Italian granite featuring shades of off-white, gray and charcoal blended with just a hint of gray-based rose and dusky violet. The sweeping patterns are broken with fine white crystalline structures of quartz, while the Etchings™ finish deepens the color and sharpens the visual appeal. Dolce Vita coordinates with a variety of cabinet colors, from white to cherry to gray-toned browns.

• 3421-46 Bianca Luna in Etchings™ finish: Modeled after high-demand White Quartzite, Bianca Luna blends large and small white particulates to create a dense and bulky pattern with gray veining throughout. Subtle tones balance the white and gray, while the Etchings™ finish adds a slight gloss. Bianca Luna coordinates with all cabinet colors, but is an ideal match for white, gray, black and chocolate brown.

• 3422-RD Crema Mascarello in Radiance® finish: Mascarello, a striking, exotic granite from Brazil, was the inspiration behind the popular Golden and Antique Mascarello designs first introduced in the original 180fx® Collection in 2009. New for 2012, Crema Mascarello captures the detail and beauty of the original series with soft tones of white, off-white, taupe and warm gray. The Radiance® finish capitalizes on the fine quartz clusters of the pattern while adding dimensional sheen. Crema Mascarello harmonizes with warm cabinet colors, such as off-white, oak and coffee-glazed maple.

• 3423-46 Travertine Gold in Etchings™ finish: Reminiscent of a vein-cut travertine, Travertine Gold features alternating layers of cream and caramel with gray details. The Etchings™ finish adds depth and richness to the pattern’s warm tone. Travertine Gold coordinates with cabinet colors such as light maple and darker-stained woods.

• 3424-46 Nacarado in Etchings™ finish: Nacarado, a Brazilian Quartzite, translates from Spanish to “pearly” or “mother of pearl.” Our representation is a rich cream swirled with subtle veins of gold, rust and gray, as well as dramatic crystalline white veining for a pearl effect. The Etchings™ finish, with its fine fissures and subtle gloss, brings the details together. Nacarado, with its rich variety of color, coordinates with almost any cabinet color.

New Edge Treatments Enhance Realism of 180fx®

Formica Corporation also introduces another breakthrough in laminate with IdealEdge™, decorative laminate edges suitable for curved, clipped or 90-degree corner installations. Available in two versatile profiles – Ogee and Bullnose – IdealEdge™ transcends the customary limitations of laminate with its ability to curve and encase all sides of countertops, islands and tables, consequently eliminating flat edges and brown seams.

180fx® Certified As a Green Building Solution

In addition to unmatched aesthetics and performance, the new 180fx® patterns are designed to minimize environmental impact. Each pattern is Forest Stewardship Council (FSC®) certified and is GREENGUARD Indoor Air Quality Certified® by the GREENGUARD Environmental Institute under the GREENGUARD Standard for Low-Emitting Products, including the requirements for Children and Schools.

About Formica Corporation

Founded in 1913, Formica Corporation, part of the Formica Group of companies, is a leader in the design, manufacture and distribution of innovative surfacing products for commercial and residential applications. For more information about Formica Corporation, its products, special programs and promotions, visit or call 1-800-FORMICA™.

About Formica Group

Formica Group is a global group of companies consisting of Formica Canada, Inc., Formica Corporation, Formica de Mexico S.A. de C.V., Formica IKI Oy, Formica Limited, Formica S.A., Formica S.A.S., Formica Taiwan Corporation, Formica (Thailand) Co., Ltd., and Formica (Asia) Ltd., among others.


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