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Featured Project – Bo(u)lder
EDL x Formwerkz

Bo(u)lder is a sculpture involving illusion and laminates. High-pressure laminates are able to blend paper and finish into a surface that seems to be another material entirely. Reflecting on the nature of this illusion, we look into how laminates currently emulate other materials in looks and texture, and explore how to enhance this further. The investigation involves implementation of techniques such as kerfing and curve folding to transform laminates from a 2-dimensional surface into a 3-dimensional volume.

The agenda is to create an illusion of stone at first glance and gradually transforming its perception into something else as one observes closer. The design takes on the shape, look, and behaviour of a natural stone in silhouette. Meanwhile, the smaller details let the object morph from a smooth, hard solid to an airy, soft veil. This is how we arrived at Bo(u)lder.

Bo(u)lder is a sculpture involving illusion and laminates. High-pressure laminates are able to blend paper and finish into a surface that seems to be another material entirely. Reflecting on the nature of this illusion, we look into how laminates currently emulate other materials in looks and texture, and explore how to enhance this further. The investigation involves implementation of techniques such as kerfing and curve folding to transform laminates from a 2-dimensional surface into a 3-dimensional volume.

The agenda is to create an illusion of stone at first glance and gradually transforming its perception into something else as one observes closer. The design takes on the shape, look, and behaviour of a natural stone in silhouette. Meanwhile, the smaller details let the object morph from a smooth, hard solid to an airy, soft veil. This is how we arrived at Bo(u)lder.

About EDL

The EDL story is one of ideas – great, insightful ideas that have shaped the company and its vision to what it is today. Just as high pressure laminates are more than paper and finish, our brand is more than just our product. Going beyond the surface, we combine science and intuition to create design-centric, quality-driven laminates that endure the passage of time.

Partnering leading manufacturers, we respond to trends and adopt the latest technology to stay ahead of the curve. Our passion for quality is evident in our laminates, crafted from the finest raw materials sourced worldwide.

Headquartered in Singapore, we have branches in Thailand and Malaysia, and representatives in Indonesia and Cambodia. Our laminates have also been used internationally, across projects in Mauritius, South Africa and the United States. Everything we do is guided by a simple philosophy: To inspire experiences, one space at a time.

About Formwerkz

Formwerkz Architects was established in Singapore in 2004 by Alan Tay, Seetoh Kum Loon, Gwen Tan and Berlin Lee. The practice is largely defined and shaped by their common interest in the recovery of mutual human relationships, and the restoration of primordial relationships between man and nature. Projects become vehicles to design happenings or more precisely, the conditions that can espouse more active engagement between man and man with his environment.

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