UPM and Tongji University combine Chinese tea culture with innovative biomaterials in the Biofore Tea House.
UPM and the Shanghai-based Tongji University College of Design and Innovation started cooperation in 2015 with a target to create a modern concept for the traditional Chinese tea house by using UPM's innovative wood-based biomaterials. The project has now reached its goal with the introduction of the Biofore Tea House in the 'Moi Helsinki' event in Beijing, China on 13-15 May 2016.
All UPM materials used in the Biofore Tea House are sustainable and recyclable.
The floor is made of high quality, modern UPM ProFi® Design Deck composite, which is both recycled and recyclable. It pleases the eye with beautiful colours inspired by the Finnish nature, and is also pleasant to touch. Moreover, it is a strong and virtually carefree material.
Strong, stiff and durable WISA® Plywood is used for the frame and decorative skin. UPM Grada®, a durable and ecological thermoformable wood material, is used in the main walls to showcase its endless design opportunities. The Biofore Tea House is complemented with UPM's label paper.
"This project is a good example of Biofore thinking in practice. It involves international collaboration with talented young students who used their design skills and UPM's innovative biomaterials to produce something that is beautiful, meaningful and sustainable. The Biofore Tea House is the perfect symbol for Biofore in China. It pays tribute to the rich cultural heritage and looks into the future with confidence," says Elisa Nilsson, Vice President, Brand and Communications, UPM.
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