The use of decorative laminates is among designers a highly controversial subject since the Memphis Group introduced them in the early 1980's as a fundamental part of their design language.
Today, laminates are applied largely in the furniture and interior market wherever it is not desired to perceive the core of the supporting material, often a low-priced particle board. Laminates are about one millimeter thin, however their appearance on the invisible supporting material suggests a much thicker volume. In contrast to many of the materials they seem to be, decorative laminates can be anti-bacterial, anti-fungi and fire resistant.
Our workshop investigated decorative laminates as a material separated from the obligatory particle board. We worked with the material characteristics of laminates by going beyond their usually applied qualities: thin but strong layers, that might be used structurally.
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