News 2009 › 2009-06-10
New wood-plastic composite products from UPM and Artek
Application potential for UPM’s ProFi wood-plastic composite has recently been extended with the launch of two new products: UPM ProFi Floor for patio floor tiling and the 10-UNIT SYSTEM modular furniture range.
Both are produced using injection moulding, a first for UPM ProFi, as previous products employing it have been manufactured using extrusion moulding technology.
Designed by Artek STUDIO, UPM ProFi Floor features a unique marbled surface, easy underfloor cabling opportunities, and an innovative X-clip system for quick and easy installation. Produced in the same thickness as UPM ProFi Deck decking board means that the two products can be seamlessly combined.
Artek’s new 10-UNIT SYSTEM, designed by Japanese architect Shigeru Ban, is also produced from UPM ProFi. The system is based on L-shaped units that can be combined in numerous different ways to create chairs, tables, or benches.
Ville Kokkonen, R&D Manager and Head of Artek STUDIO, highlights the importance of the feel of the material for Artek.
“UPM ProFi has a unique, slightly fuzzy but soft and warm intrinsic feel, which bears no resemblance to any other material.”
This is not the first time that UPM, Artek, and Shigeru Ban have worked together. Ban, a forerunner in ecological architecture, designed the Artek Pavilion, made of UPM ProFi, for the Triennale garden in Milan in 2007. After the event, the pavilion was erected in Helsinki, reconstructed for Design Miami, and sold at Sotheby's Important 20th Century Design sale in 2008.
For more about UPM ProFi, produced primarily from surplus paper and plastic left over during the production of self-adhesive label materials, see www.upmprofi.com.
For more about other innovative paper- and wood-based products developed by UPM, see our own article.
For more about Artek and its contribution to modern design, building on the heritage of Alvar Aalto in particular, see www.artek.fi.