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The art of gifting: designing with laminates


The act of gifting is as old as human beings. From the tooth of an animal to elaborate vases, gift giving has always been an integral part of human trait and culture. To explore the art of gifting, 26 second-year students from Singapore’s Nanyang Academy of Fine Art majoring in Diploma in Design (Object & Jewellery) were guided by local …

Lumber Liquidators 4Q net sales up 4.3 percent to reach $244.9 million

Lumber LI

Lumber Liquidators' net sales in 4Q/2016 was $244.9 million, an increase of 4.3 percent from 4Q/2015. The company opened three new stores during 4Q/2016. Gross margin was 32.9 percent in 4Q/2016, compared with 23 percent in the prior year period, according to a company press release. Net loss for 4Q/2016 was $5.5 million, or a loss …

Editor’s pickTranquil rest stop in Finland uses cross-laminated and glue-laminated timber


Photo by Marc Goodwin The highway E75 in central Finland welcomes a new rest stop completed by Studio Puisto. The service station is situated next to a large pond bordering Lake Kolima where it has unobstructed views of the water. The main building, built by Studio Puisto, acts as a buffer between traffic and nature and comprises of 24 tree-like …

Egger products recognised at German Design Award 2017

Egger, German Design Award

EGGER’s surface innovation ST76 Matex Rough Matt and the new Doppia Black-Gold accent edge were each awarded a "Special Mention" at the German Design Award 2017 in Frankfurt.   The new surface ST76 Matex Rough Matt is a matt-stone combination The F8982 Doppia Black-Gold furniture edge is made of a high-quality and stable …

SFPA: Southern pine lumber export up 16 percent in 2016

SFPA, southern pine lumber

Exports of US Southern pine lumber in 2016 reached a record 688 million board feet - 16 percent increase YoY - valued at more than $413 million, according to the Southern Forest Products Association (SFPA). Within that volume, exports of pressure-treated lumber also saw record sales, with more than double the shipments from just five years …

PEFC intensifies cooperation with accreditation bodies

PEFC, accreditation

Accreditation bodies are the safeguard for credible certification. They ensure the impartiality and competence of the organisations responsible for certifying forest owners and companies – the certification bodies. Given their importance within the whole PEFC system, it is vital that they are kept up-to-date on all the latest developments …

Editor’s pickArchitects re-imagine Tokyo's skyline with wood

City Above the City

It is hard to imagine Tokyo’s Shinbashi without Kisho Kurokawa's iconic Nakagin 1972 Capsule Tower. The multi-unit prefab capsule tower is an expression of Metabolism, a Japanese post-war architectural movement that fuses tiny houses together with the concept of organic growth. Since 2007 the building has been under threat of demolition. …

British Columbia to spend $150m to plant millions of trees

British Columbia, trees

B.C. Premier Christy Clark announced $150 million for the Forest Enhancement Society of British Columbia to plant tens of millions more trees, which will help fight climate change and create over 3,000 jobs in rural British Columbia. “This is an investment in our forests, in B.C.’s rural communities – and the world’s clean …