Laminate properties: As an entire sheets, laminates generally can only tolerate one directional curvatures.
By cutting the laminates into strips it allows each individual strip to bend slightly in two directions within its material limitations, which allows the formation of grid shell structures.
The central pavilion at SingaPlural 2018 will showcase three of the techniques explored during the course of this study.
Each individual strip in the pavilion is created by laminating a core of bendable plywood and two layers of Formica laminates – tapping into the tensile strength and flexibility of the Formica, and tempering its brittleness by bonding it with the bendable plywood. These strips form the base of the self-supporting grid shell pavilion.
The furniture in the pavilion is supported by kerfed laminates formed into undulating surfaces for rigidity. This is then used for various purposes, such as a display table, umbrella stand, and the legs of tables and chairs. This showcases both the structural ability of laminates as a material, as well as Formica’s range of designs and finishes.