Coillte Panel Products is proud to be a material sponsor at this year’s Clerkenwell Design Week. It has provided some 195 sqm of its MEDITE TRICOYA EXTREME Durable MDF, for use in a series of outdoor ‘pop-up’ installations that will help showcase the very latest innovations from the design and architectural community.
Designer Chee-Kit Lai at Mobile Studio has used MEDITE TRICOYA to create the basal plinth of his Mirare Maze Folly, located in St John’s Square for the duration of the Festival. In addition the material can be seen used as the base of a series of outdoor podiums, to provide stunning exterior features of new product creations.
The material is ideally suited to external applications, where durability and an innate weather-resistance are crucial criteria for product performance. MEDITE TRICOYA is BBA assessed and carries durability Class 1. This means it is more durable than aged oak and even more durable than some non-timber based alternatives. The acetylation process of the wood naturally alters its chemical structure, so that the resulting product is not affected by moisture in the same way as other wood products.
Mobile Studio’s Mirare Maze Folly is a continuation of this design house’s fascination with interaction, perception and architecture, in which it creates playful and immersive environments.
Chee-Kit Lai explains his concept for the maze folly: “’Mirare', from Latin, means to admire, to gaze, to wonder, to contemplate or to stare. We have revisited the classical garden maze and reinterpreted this through plays on light and refraction. The walls are made entirely of clear acrylic, retaining the idea of permeability and sitting almost like a ghost folly within the design festival. In turn, this multiplies the perceived complexity of space whilst allowing the setting of St John's Square to permeate through the walls of the maze. The transparent architectural quality provokes interesting questions of (im)materiality and matter!”