March’s project of the month is CSS Architecture’s design of Nordstrom Woodlands Bazille restaurant. Used on the tabletops, Veneer-Art Vintage Oak 984 helped achieve Nordstrom’s requirements for durability, while adding an element of authenticity to an otherwise modern aesthetic.
“We strive for timeless modernism in our designs. Wood is something elemental
and authentic that everyone can relate to, and the Weathered Grain finish
provided the textural qualities similar to wood.”
—Bryan Southwick, Associate Principal, CCS Architecture
In general, durability of finishes in a restaurant is a main concern, and because of the near constant traffic at other restaurants, Nordstrom has a set standard of using durable surfaces like laminates on their tabletops. With that in mind, the CCS team strayed slightly from their typical use of solid wood tabletops, selecting Lamin-Art’s Veneer-Art 984-WG Vintage Oak.
“We were in search of a material that had the warmth and feeling of natural wood but the durability of a laminate,” says Bryan Southwick, Associate Principal at CCS Architecture.
Made from a true wood veneer and pre-finished so it’s ready to install like a laminate, Veneer-Art allowed Southwick’s team to be “creative to the client’s requirements for upkeep” while maintaining the same depth, beauty and texture of a solid wood tabletop.
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