Highlighting the properties of UPM Grada
UPM Grada® thermo-formable wood material and WISA® plywood were used for the walls and the ceiling of the teahouse.
Mr. Mikko Tilli, director, UPM Plywood, says that he was very impressed by how designers used UPM Grada in the teahouse.
“The structure of the tearoom, utilising a wide variety of shapes, perfectly showcases the properties of thermo-formable UPM Grada.”
“UPM Grada is a product that can be easily formulated even by carpenters working with traditional tools, meaning it can be used for manufacturing even in small series. The main applications are in the furniture industry, but it can also be used as wall and roof panels with acoustic properties”, he adds.
Inspiring composite material
UPM ProFi is a very versatile material that has inspired several well-known architects and designers around the world.
It was first used in 2007 by Shigeru Ban—a forerunner in ecological architecture—who designed the Artek Pavilion for the prestigious Salone Internazionale del Mobile in Milan, Italy, using UPM ProFi in its construction.
Helsinki-based Teemu Kurkela architect designed Finland’s pavilion for the 2010 World Expo in Shanghai. The outside of the pavilion was clad with 25,000 specially designed tiles made from UPM ProFi recycled paper plastic composite.
In 2012, renowned British designer Tom Dixon created ‘Luminosity’, a showcase of new lamps, lights and shades presented in a series of illuminated environments at the festival of design, innovation and culture held at the Leonardo da Vinci Museum of Science and Technology in Milan (MOST). UPM ProFi Facade and UPM ProFi Deck Night Sky Black and Marble White provided the perfect background for the exquisite lighting.