Nature’s Plank by Sanfoot at IIDEX 2010

Here’s a runner-up to Alicita’s earlier runner-up of Allsteel’s Seek Collection: Levey Wallcoverings and Sanfoot have teamed up to offer the very attractive, very smart, and very green line of Nature’s Plank Wallcoverings. The product was just named a silver award winner at IIDEX’s Innovation Awards.

Nature's Plank. Designed by Sanfoot.

Like past companies proffering what some might refer to as “engineered wood,” Sanfoot has embraced the idea that—when it comes to wood veneer—less is more. The logical extension of the philosophy is an efficient production ethos that uses as much material as possible, thus combating waste and promoting aesthetic innovation to boot. In this respect, the Nature’s Plank line certainly delivers. The wallcovering is a homegrown product constructed from the smaller veneer offcuts of the domestic wood species typically used in the Sanfoot product line. This means local woods like Cherry, Birch, and Bird’s Eye Maple can join forces to create unorthodox grain patterns and intriguing color combinations.

As with all of Sanfoot’s architectural wall coverings, Nature’s Plank is environmentally sustainable. Their patented slicing process increases yield by up to 300% compared to conventional veneers. Additionally, Sanfoot’s wood is sourced from managed forests—and logs are carefully selected with an eye to maximizing materials. The product is also certified as environmentally friendly with respect to fire hazard protection and VOC emissions. And if you think installation might be a stumbling block, think again. Nature’s Plank installs similar to vinyl (for simplicity’s sake, this means primer, adhesive, cutting, and smoothing). Lastly, Sanfoot’s unique 5-ply construction makes Nature’s Plank especially versatile, enabling applications over asymmetrical and contoured surfaces--such as one might find among the atriums, hotel lobbies, and restaurants that would look oh-so-lovely dressed up in the natural tones of Sanfoot’s Nature’s Plank.

Posted September 27, 2010 by Joseph Starr

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