At Interzum 2013, veneer and laminates cross paths, with thick textured surfaces on the rise. Laminates continue to improve high-def photorealistic reproduction enhanced with carefully controled embossing to simulate the look and feel of real wood veneer.
Makers of wood composite panel and veneer panel are going even further, distinguishing themselves in the market with ever deeper grain textures. In fact this goes well beyond grain texture. A good example is Spalt, from Holz in Form, a unit of the German furniture maker Wekstäten.
Spalt, and other varieties of textured panel from Holz in Form, uses a panel base such as MDF or plywood, to which eight layers of veneer are molded, using an embossing press to create the deeply textured pattern. The material creates a sculpted surface effect, with the appeal of being all wood and natural. Newly introduced this year are Rocks, which uses a laminate like melamine over wood panel, Brickwood, in which the pattern is staggered wood blocks of uneven surface levels, and block wood, in which the veneers are made of old timber beams.
Danzer Vintage Style Veneers produce the impression of genuine vintage wood to be used in industrial furniture manufacturing, giving chairs and other furniture the impression of being custom made. The production process just accelerates the natural aging process. Vintage Style is currently available in European Oak.
Schorn & Groh showed it's Butt Cut, a razor-thin veneer cut from end-grain wood produced by matching of hundreds of small veneer leaves. Available in eight design variants, the end-grain wood is obtained by cross-cutting the tree trunk rather than cutting it lengthwise. The annual rings form decorative circular patterns. It was previously considered unsuitable for furniture manufacture because the severed capillaries caused the wood to warp and crack. When handled properly, says Schorn & Groh the product shows no trace of glue bleed-through, warping or distortion. The optional coating of melamine protects the wood from moisture.
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