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Get creative with new architectural finishes

strips of architectural film3M has launched 153 new patterns, to add to their large range of over 800 3M DI-NOC architectural finishes. "Major innovations" include patterns where the finish changes colour depending on the viewing angle and light levels. And patterns where the finish has a look of a wallpaper and incorporates small metallic pieces to create a shimmering, reflective effect that varies with the angle of the light source.

The new patterns were created by 3M following research on trends at international and local design trade fairs around the globe. “With excellent feedback from customers, we developed a series of mood boards with names such as Industrial White and Mellow Rich,” says Christian Stoehr, Portfolio Manager West Europe, 3M Commercial Solutions Division. “We then used the mood boards as our inspiration to create a set of unique and exciting patterns to enhance our range of DI-NOC Architectural Finishes.”

The newly launched patterns supplement all the existing product families within the range, from wood, metal, textile, stucco and ceramic, to stone, leather and plain colours, to offer an "even more comprehensive range of architectural finishes for almost every possible design requirement".

Some of the new patterns

Effect patterns, with their 3D appearance, change colour depending on the viewing angle and light level.

Metallic Wood
Materials with a metallic coating applied to the wood grain are often used in European luxury stores. The gloss finish of the DI-NOC wood grain imparts a unique feel to a space and combines well with other materials.

Sucupira (also known as Brazilian Wild Walnut) is a native wood of South America. The DI-NOC finish has a matt, rough grain finish conveying a refreshing sense of rawness. It is used in Europe for pillars in upmarket shops and in furniture.

Mortar Patterns
The natural texture of mortar and its feel of unevenness is extremely popular with designers and is often used in commercial buildings.

Yagi-Sugi is a material that is traditionally used in Japan for external walls of buildings, where typically the surface of the wood is scorched in advance to give it fire-resistant properties. The DI-NOC finish has the colour and weathered texture of the carbonized wood, lending a traditional Japanese feel to the finish.

This design combines 11.2 cm squares of gold, platinum and copper- coloured foils. Fitting comfortably into both European and Japanese design-styles, the Haku pattern adds reflectivity and creates a sense of space when used.

“Our DI-NOC Architectural Finishes are known throughout the design and architectural world for their ability to recreate natural materials realistically and at a fraction of the cost of traditional materials,” says Christian. “With over 800 individual finishes, the range offers designers and architects unrivalled creative flexibility and design freedom when working on new builds or refurbishments. This helps reduce both labour and material costs as well as reduce the amount of time your business is closed for refurbishment.”

The architectural finishes incorporates 3M Comply Technology, a system of small air release channels within the adhesive layer of the film that allows air, that is trapped between the film and the substrate, to escape. This they say, makes application quick and easy.


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