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Building Products March 2018

PRODUCT PROFILES | GENERAL PRODUCTS Kitchens becoming canvases for communication and creativity According to Formica Group, the freedom to personalise and customise our products and spaces is becoming a consumer expectation rather than just a preference. We are said to be driven by a desire to inject our own personality and style into each room of our home and since the kitchen is often the heart of the home, it’s not surprising that we should want the space to reflect our own unique creativity. One survey reportedly indicates that 64% of homeowners choose to host guests in the kitchen. Formica Group says it wants to help you to express yourself in making your kitchen both fun and functional. The Axiom by Formica Group feature splashbacks range is said to be perfect for adding that little detail to help make a space your own. There are 17 feature splashbacks that have been chosen to complement the Axiom worktop design options. NFTMMS restores mosaic floor at British stately home Restoring the historic ceramic mosaic floor in the game larder at one of the UK’s historic houses has been undertaken by the National Federation of Terrazzo, Marble and Mosaic Specialists (NFTMMS) member, JW Restoration. According to federation spokesperson, Brian James, this exemplifies the quality of the skills and craftsmanship of NFTMMS members, which can produce the most spectacular results. Oliver Wood of JW Restoration, said: “We were specified for this project due to our expertise in mosaic restoration and our extensive experience of working within listed and historically important buildings. It proved to be a fascinating and challenging project but also one which was hugely rewarding.” The game larder, which dates The feature splashbacks are inspired by contemporary trends with colours like blue canvas, wasabi, leaf green and Cassis. Eva Hoernisch, group creative product director, said: “Formica Group designers travel around the world for décor inspiration to deliver kitchen surface options that end users want today and will want tomorrow in terms of look. The contemporary colours and textures provide a focal point and finishing touch to express your creativity.” Textures like Plex or soft matte are said to create a more experimental feel. There’s also the gloss finish which is reportedly a good option in a small space as it helps to bounce light around the room. In modern kitchen design, the use of metallic designs has rapidly evolved from being mere accents to become bold statement surface applications. According to Formica, to elevate your kitchen décor from ‘commonplace to contemporary’, you can choose a metallic splashback like brushed aluminium. The average UK new-build today is reportedly only 92% of the recommended size. In the 1920s, the average home measured 1,647 ft2, now the average home measures just 925 ft2. The result is that many homes have been amalgamated into large open-plan areas that absorb the home office, dining room, lounge and kitchen into one. Without space for the more traditional home office, kitchens have become the hub of the home; where calendars hang, notes are scribbled, laptops are charged and homework is written. In fact, more than 40% of UK kitchens also function as a home office or homework space. Today’s kitchen is truly no longer just for cooking, it’s a space for congregating, communicating and creating too. www.formica.com from 1909, was used to hang game that was shot on the estate. It became derelict following the arrival of modern refrigeration techniques and was subsequently used to house chickens in the 1950s and 60s. The initial report revealed that the large octagonal mosaic floor was missing large sections of ceramic tiles, called tesserae, and there was damage where the original internal metal work had been removed. In addition, the game larder had suffered from exposure to the elements for many years and acidattacked from years of chicken waste. Oliver continued: “One particular challenge was matching the different coloured ceramic tesserae. The light and dark green tesserae proved the most difficult to match, but it was critical for all concerned that we achieve the closest possible fit to minimise the visibility of the restored areas.” JW Restoration hand-cut the tesserae to the correct size and appearance to match the original precisely. They worked from a rubbing of a section of the mosaic which allowed them to replicate the fan pattern of the original and the missing sections were then made in their workshop and transported to the stately home for the installation. JWR was hired by specialist contractors Croft Building & Conservation, which oversaw the project and worked closely with architects Inskip Jenkins and specialist tile manufacturer, Craven Dunnill. The NFTMMS says it represents companies who wish to maintain and improve the standards of craftsmanship and technical control on which the industry depends. It includes companies involved in terrazzo, mosaic, marble, granite, limestone and quartz and NFTMMS members freely offer technical advice and assistance with specifications. www.nftmms.co.uk Blue Canvas Feature Splashback from Axiom by Formica Group BUILDING PRODUCTS | MARCH


Building Products March 2018
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