Materials that Create Character
Which material is used is an important choice and defines the character of any piece of furniture. Selecting a modern surface like melamine or laminate gives the design a contemporary feel while solid timber or veneered boards can create a more traditional effect. Also colour, whether natural in the case of timber and veneers or synthetic and matched to a particular mood or brand, can set an installation apart and unique. CloudNine Creative Interiors carefully select the best materials to match the character of the furniture and the location for a long lasting and quality installation.
Solid natural timber is the best type of timber for cabinet making and furniture, it has beautiful natural features and characteristics that add individuality to any piece. There are many contrasting colours of natural solid timbers from light Ash timber through to dark Walnut.
Laminate & Melamine
Laminate is 6-8 layers of Kraft paper glued together with a melamine plastic pressed top. This product is used to press over a board to manufacture a worktop or to form a piece of furniture. Laminate is available in many shades and even textures and is resistant to scratches, heat and moisture.
Melamine is a product that results from pressing a thin paper at a high pressure to a board. However, experts know that the melamine is not this product, but the resin that is used to impregnate the paper. The advantage with this product is that it comes pressed in either MDF or chipboard and is a cheaper alternative to Laminate. Melamine is perfect for tea point carcasses as an example.
Lacquer & Paint
In modern techniques, lacquer is applied with a HVLP (high volume, low pressure) spray gun which applies a more efficient finish that dries by dissolving cellulose derivatives and produces a hard, durable finish. The finish can be of any sheen level from a matt finish to a high gloss and comes as a clear lacquer or a lacquered paint finish produced with a pantone or RAL code to match company logos/colour schemes.
Marble & Quartz
Marble is widely accessible and comes at many different price points to suit most budgets. Marble is formed from limestone, itself a porous rock, marble too is porous; more so than Quartz or Granite. This porosity makes it a poor conductor of heat, giving it one of its major advantages in its ability to keep cool. Marble is generally considered the most beautiful of the accessible stones used for kitchen work-surfaces with its elegance and understated beauty. However due to open pores in marble it makes it more prone to staining compared to Quartz which is nonporous and is becoming more popular due to its lower maintenance and the cost.
Acrylic is a synthetic fibre which is tough and durable and is easily worked with, it is much more flexible than glass as well as being less likely to break. Clear acrylic will transmit light very well and gives a clear transparent look but can be injected with colour creating a full spectrum of transparent, translucent, or opaque colours dependent on your requirements.
A veneer is a thin slice sawn from a log and dependent on the cut style and how it’s joined determines whether it is a crown cut, quarter cut or a rotary veneer. A veneered board is budget friendly compared to a solid timber but just as beautiful. As well as the cut there is a vast range of veneer shades from an Ash which is light to an Oak which is medium to a Wenge which is dark. Ideal for bespoke joinery and furniture manufacturing for commercial and residential projects.
Glass is used for many different reasons, for protection when placed on a piece of furniture to a security screen on a reception desk. Glass partitions offer a unique office environment bringing a more vibrant feel but still offering the same level of privacy as traditional partition walls. Glass Balustrades are a highly versatile product when used for this purpose, be it for balconies or staircase's, glass provides a tough barrier with a clean and modern finish. Glass splashbacks are also a great hygienic alternative to wall tiles, primarily manufactured from toughened glass making them extremely durable and heat resistant. Adding a bit of colour with a back painted glass with bold colours adds a real touch of individuality to any tea point area or residential kitchen.
Corian & Krion
Corian® and Krion® are our preferred Solid Surface suppliers, providing us with sheet material that comes in various thicknesses from 4mm-19mm.
These can then be fabricated with traditional woodworking tools into virtually any design. Corian® and Krion® solid surfaces are nonporous, versatile, and extremely durable products. They are widely used as worktops, vanity tops, shower walls, basins, as well as laboratory benches and for healthcare and can be formed and shaped for modern furniture i.e. reception desks and boardroom tables.
Corian® and Krion® are considered to be the best in the industry due to their finish, durability and workability. Corian® is made by DuPont® and Krion® is made by Porcelanosa®, both well known and reputable brands.