Laminates already come in a huge variety of designs, such as wood, stone, fabric, and metal, as well as in the usual solid colours. What more could you ask for? How about laminates that express fresh trends in print and pattern, providing individualistic, daring homeowners with bold decorative possibilities. The new brand from Lamitak, artäk, brings exactly that.
Laminates might have been created as affordable substitutes for natural materials such as stone, marble and wood, but for designer Redzuan Abu Bakar, the creative director of interior design firm Ensemble, the material has far surpassed its humble beginnings. “In the past, laminates tend to look very ‘fake’ and people saw them as poor substitutes for natural materials, but now thanks to better technology, they have become extremely realistic-looking.” Adds the affable designer, “I’ve never regarded laminates as cheaper alternatives, I see them simply as materials that are really easy to maintain.”
Apartment sizes in Singapore are shrinking, especially those in newly built condominiums. These shoebox-sized living spaces might have one-, two, or even three-bedrooms, but it’s often the case that apart from the bed, you’re not going to be able to fit much else in one room. The solution lies in customising the furniture you need to maximise every inch of your (expensive) space. Often the ideas involve building up instead of sideways to fit everything you want – you might even be able to carve out extra storage space! Try out these ideas below, which not just work well, but look great too.
With more than 400 laminate designs in their current catalogue to choose from, Lamitak has got every look covered. Whether you’re hankering for a light and airy Scandinavian feel or a dark atmospheric vibe, there’s a laminate to help you achieve your dream home. Interior designers know this only too well, and laminates are an important component of their design arsenal. Lucas Yang of Archive Design uses laminates, in particular, Lamitak laminates, in all his projects, to help bring his designs to reality. “Laminates provide a nice smooth and even finish, and I use them to create different design concepts,” says Lucas. His two-year-old firm has amassed a pretty impressive portfolio of works so far, and we spoke to Lucas to find out how he does what he does best with laminates.
Honest, authentic and raw. These were the qualities of a building cladding that captured our imagination as we travelled through downtown Portland in Oregon on our epic road trip. We loved the textures so much that it became the basis of a new laminate which bears the name of the location – Humboldt Street!
Anything can be an inspiration for design, even a rusted wall cladding. The basis for Lamitak’s evocative Patina range of laminates lies in downtown Portland, a pitstop on the Lamitak team’s epic road trip along the West coast of the United States.
Everyone needs some ‘me’ time once in a while, and you don’t even have to go out of your home to zone out and relax. Conjure up a cosy corner easily with laminates to set the look and cement the design with some choice furnishings. We suggest seven fabulous looks to get you started.
Travel has always been a wellspring of inspiration for designers, even laminate designers. Wherever the Lamitak team goes, we always keep our eyes open for visually arresting textures; but it is not often we can pinpoint the final design to a single location. However, in the case of the rugged wood-inspired Rialto Pine laminate, it was two locations, halfway around the world from each other, which motivated its design. We share the story of its creation.
Thomas Edison famously said, “Genius is one per cent inspiration, ninety-nine per cent perspiration.” The process of creation is never easy, and perspiration definitely figures prominently in Lamitak’s journey of creating each laminate collection. Travelling provides the inspiration – specifically and most recently, 30 days in the US and 220 hours on a road trip along the West coast of America, exploring Oregon, Nevada, California and Arizona, for their current laminate collection.
It is said you can find inspiration everywhere – if you just keep your eyes (and mind) open. For Lamitak, the search for inspiration crosses oceans, forests and skies. Nature might provide the source material, but through the lens of Lamitak, her rich colours and textures are distilled into evocative laminates for the home. How does the magic happen? Find out here.