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Piero Lissoni creates history with veneer to make trendy surfaces

 Wednesday, May 22, 2024

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Piero Lissoni makes veneer trendy surface

HWB Veneers & Wood Materials from Bad Salzuflen, a nationwide importer and dealer in Germany, has provided a stunning example of veneer application for MTU Aero Engines in Munich. The company’s catering area, including wall cladding, partition walls, and counters, was elegantly finished with ALPI Veló Brown veneer, designed by the renowned Italian designer Piero Lissoni.

ALPIlignum veneers, which include ALPI Veló Brown, are through-dyed and reconstructed sliced ​​veneers. The texture of this veneer produced by the Italian company ALPI is the result of an industrial process that ensures that the end product always has a consistent texture, colour and quality. The base woods used – poplar, ayous and lime – come from responsibly managed forests or Italian tree farms and are mostly FSC-certified. The grown wood is freed from natural knots, knots and colour defects in various work steps and assembled into a new solid wood block from which the ALPI veneers are sliced. By adjusting the colour or the texture-giving pressing form and through a multiple production run, the veneer can be changed so decisively that an almost limitless variety of designs results.

This unique process allows designers to replicate and incorporate their own distinctive styles while preserving the natural surface. In this instance, Piero Lissoni, the esteemed designer and art director of ALPI SpA, has crafted a stunning veneer exclusively for ALPI. Born in 1956 in Seregno, Italy, Lissoni studied architecture in Milan and later designed for various prominent companies. Nearly 40 years ago, he established his own studio, Lissoni & Partners, with Nicoletta Canesi. Renowned internationally, Lissoni and his team create products, objects, and accessories known for their clean lines, elegance, and formal precision.

This also includes the veneer now produced for MTU. It gives the surfaces designed with it at the Munich-based engine manufacturer a natural, warm look. “The veneer used is ideal for projects where a high-quality wood look is desired. It looks lively and elegant at the same time, a long-lasting appearance that never appears boring or old-fashioned,” explains HWB Managing Director Frank D. Loebel. At the same time, it naturally meets the requirements for sustainability. “The veneer used is an ecological natural material. It fits well thematically with MTU, a company that has committed itself to the vision of emission-free flying in the future – a good and contemporary approach,” says Loebel.

brandherm + krumrey interior architecture, RKW Architektur+ and Lämmler und Falkenstein Architekten were responsible for planning the project, while the veneer was processed by RheinKollektiv from Düsseldorf and Baierl & Demmelhuber Innenausbau from Töging am Inn. “The result is really impressive. The noble brown tone of the veneer harmonizes perfectly with the colour-coordinated seating, the beautiful ceiling lights and the discreet lighting of the veneered surfaces, which automatically draws the viewer’s eye to these works of art of nature, ” says Ursula Geismann, Managing Director of Initiative Veneer + Natur (IFN) and long-time trend expert. Added to this is the pleasant contrast of the wooden floor. “A very harmonious project with a long-term effect,” concludes the IFN Managing Director.

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