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Editor’s pickUnleashing the possibilities of plywood

plywood, Sweden, digital tools, fabrication

Plywood has many times before been used for temporary structures in architecture, mainly because of the relatively low cost and availability. Plywood is often seen as a perfectly flat sheet material, free from otherwise common properties of timber such as imperfections and grain direction. However, the material is versatile—something rarely …

MTIB transfers local licensing authority to Sabah


Beginning June 1, 2017, export and import licensing of wood products in Sabah will be transferred from the Malaysian Timber Industry Board (MTIB) to the Sabah Forestry Department. The decision to transfer this authority is considered a “historical moment” in Sabah as it reverses a 25-year federal control. The MTIB will now …

Editor’s pickMTC booth at AIA conference is a stunning showcase of Malaysian hardwoods


The highlight of the Malaysia Timber Council’s exhibition at the AIA Conference on Architecture at Orlando, Florida, was a 3.4-meter tall, four-walled structure made completely of Meranti timber and capable of being totally constructed and dismantled in only a few hours without any construction equipment or tools. Designed by Eleena Jamil …

American Woodmark announced that there will be a new Chairman of the Board in August 2017


Leading supplier of cabinetry to the remodelling and new construction industries, American Woodmark Corporation, has announced that there will be a transition of the Chairman of the Board. Mr Kent Guichard, Chairman of the Board, has declined to seek re-election to the company’s Board of Directors at the upcoming annual shareholders meeting. …

Editor’s pickThis wooden pavilion stands as a monument to 70 years of diplomatic relations between Mexico and Switzerland

House of Switzerland, Mexico

The House of Switzerland Pavilion celebrates 70 years of diplomatic relations between Switzerland and Mexico. Architects Dellekamp Arquitectos began on the project without a defined programme and site. A modular system was designed based on a triangular grid so it could be adapted for different purposes. This flexibility allows the structure to …

Editor’s pickWoodworking innovations were the true stars of LIGNA 2017

LIGNA 2017, closing press conference

LIGNA 2017 Closing Press Conference. Photo credit: Deutsche Messe/LIGNA LIGNA 2017 drew to a close on Friday, 26 May, having delivered big in terms of innovations and global appeal, with a significant upswing in the number of exhibitors and visitors from abroad and new impetus for the wave of digitalisation currently redefining the …

Lumber Liquidators names a new Chief Accounting Officer


Lumber Liquidators, the largest specialty retailer of hardwood flooring in North America has announced that it has appointed Timothy J Mulvaney as Senior Vice President, Chief Accounting Officer. He will report directly to Marty Agard, the Chief Financial Officer (CFO). Mulvaney, a certified public accountant, has also spent the last two decades …

How do you make batteries safer? By using modified wood, of course!


Engineers at the University of Maryland (UMD) who recently found inspiration in the structure of wood, decided to explore some options that could prevent some of the factors that lead to battery failure. To that end, they utilised modified wood as a unique architecture point for the negative electrode of a lithium (Li) metal battery. It is the …

Editor’s pickLatte swirls inspire veneer design for Sydney cafe

Lot 1 cafe, Sydney, Cafe, veneer, Australia

As premium coffee roasters for three generations, Primo wanted a distinctive space for their very first restaurant at LOT.1 restaurant/bar & cafe, located in a late Victorian warehouse in Sydney, Australia. With the café latte as the catalyst for the design, Enter Projects had its take on the everyday, familiar coffee swirl pattern and …