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2018

Editor’s pickA wondrous child’s dream of wood and water

23-05-2018

Kids are seen frolicking in the water fountain-turned-playground. All images by Onnis Luque. A historic fountain in Loreto Square, Mexico city, is transformed into a pop-up playground for the locals. The fountain is surrounded by a plywood structure which envelopes the concrete element. The playground features two separate elevations shaped …

Editor’s pickSFPA/SLMA assess potential and importance of Egypt market for U.S. softwoods in new study

23-05-2018

The latest market study highlights high potential growth for U.S. wood product exports to Egypt, due to Egypt’s economic growth and strong demand from its furniture manufacturing industry Aiming to emphasise the potential and importance of Egypt as a market for U.S. softwoods, the Southern Forest Products Association (SFPA) and Southeastern …

Editor’s pickTippet Rise Art Centre's new pine log pavilion

22-05-2018

Envisaged to be a communal gathering space resting among a grove of aspen and cottonwood trees, a 1,900 square-foot pavilion is to be built for the Tippet Rise Art Centre’s 10,000-acre grounds in Montana, United States (U.S.). West African architect Francis Kéré has been commissioned to create the pavilion. Known for his …

Editor’s pickStrong log prices make 25-year record

22-05-2018

Lumber prices have remained strong in 2018, and log prices, stronger, setting a record for sustained pricing. Moreover, mortgage rate also remained low throughout the year as the market maintained its strength, according to Natural Resource Report. Unprecedented log prices held at a record high through the winter and remained steady at US$890 per …

Uniboard® invests in TFL business expansion

21-05-2018

Uniboard recently announced a CAD$17 million (US$13.21 million) investment in a new state-of-the-art TFL press line at its Sayabec, Quebec, Canada mill.  The new press line will feature the same advanced technologies as TFL 6 with an increased capacity for its signature EIR/synchronised and deep-embossed textures, in addition …

BOX100 breaks the traditional office mould with wood and light

21-05-2018

Located on the top floor of a three-storey office building, the BOX100 is a seemingly ordinary “matchbox” that breaks the fixed office order, instead playing with architecture and space. With a vision of a “fire burning high when everybody adds wood to it,” the office is made of multilayer solid wood panels along with …

Editor’s pickDieffenbacher supplies fourth plant to Wanhua

18-05-2018

From left: Wang Yi (Management Assistant, Wanhua), Liu Shouhua (Dieffenbacher Beijing), Christian Dieffenbacher (member of the Management Board, Dieffenbacher), Zhao Zhimei (CEO, Wanhua), Georg Rahm (Sales Manager, Dieffenbacher), Zhang Shouheng (Purchase Manager, Wanhua). Wanhua orders its fourth straw-based particleboard plant Chinese …

Editor’s pick“Wood makes us feel good”

18-05-2018

The Kuang Retreat is put together using traditional construction techniques. Simple and practical, it honours the environment by using reclaimed tropical species such as chengal, balau, kempas and merbau for the entire house. These details can be seen in the beams, floorboards, louvres and weatherboards. Almaz Salma shares the design …

Indonesian enterprises invited to invest in Laos

18-05-2018

Laos is inviting Indonesian businessmen to invest in its forestry sector in an effort to attract foreign direct investments. Wishnu Krisnamurthi, Head of Economic Division of the Indonesian embassy in Laos said that Laos offers a wealth of logs, which are available for export. The Secretary General of the Indonesian Furniture and Handicraft …

Brazil’s furniture production recovering

18-05-2018

Brazil’s furniture industry recorded an increase of 8.9 per cent in production in the first three months of this year. In the 12 months up to March 2018 there was an almost nine per cent rise. According to the Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics (IBGE), compared to a month earlier domestic furniture sales in March fell slightly …