From TFL

Arclin TFL Meets the Sherwin William 2018 Color Forecast

It is color forecast season! The 2018 Sherwin William Colormix Color Forecast Selection has been released and features three pleasing palettes: Sincerity, Affinity, and Connectivity. Countering and complementing current events, changing lifestyles, and evolving values, these collections are sure to inspire new interior designs in the coming year.

We had some fun pairing them with Arclin TFL designs. Take a look and get your creative juices flowing!

SinceritySincerity - Arclin TFL Decorative Overlays Design

 Less is more with the Sincerity palette. Influenced by calm, minimalism, and the coziness of hygge – more on that here – these subdued colors evoke a lifestyle that embraces de-cluttering and where silence is sought after. Against their softness, the texture of Arclin TFL designs Stinson Grey and Charles Bridge add depth while letting the colors set the mood.

Affinity 

Affinity - Arclin TFL Decorative Overlays Design

With the world in flux, we are craving both security and adventure. Arclin TFL design Cambridge Classic provides a strong anchor for a palette that aims to exude optimism, community, and transculturalism. At the same time, these energetic pops of color give a nod to artisanal crafts as does the texture seen in the complementary Noce Moscato. Together, creative spaces can emerge.

Connectivity

Connectivity - Arclin TFL Decorative Overlays Design

Influenced by our increasingly tech-infused world, the adaptation of virtual reality, and environmentalism notes that dot daily conversations, the Connectivity palette mixes highly saturated yellow, orange, and violets with earthy greens. Papa’s Loft and Jackson Barn are rich enough to play along and set the stage for a modern and smart environment.

When pairing Arclin TFL designs to the Colormix Color Forecast, the possibilities are endless. Take a look at our design library to see what you want to mix and match.

 

Best Sellers

What’s Hot in Our New Harvest Collection!

You know what we love about the “best sellers” list among Arclin’s new Harvest Collection of designs? The diversity!

Take a look at the Top 5 — and just imagine the variety of applications these luxurious designs are suited for.

 

Click on any design to view a full 4×8 panel.

Angkor-Root

#1: Angkor Root – rustic elegance

Stinson-Gray

#2: Stinson Gray – modern lineal

Papa's-Loft

#3: Papa’s Loft – on-trend reclaimed planks

Charles-Bridge

#4: Charles Bridge – versatile sophistication

Noce-Moscato

#5: Noce Moscato – moody chic

The entire Harvest Collection is trending! See all the new designs here.

For more information, samples or orders, contact your sales rep or email us here.

The Evolution of TFL Design

Behind Arclin’s Portfolio Changes

As you certainly know by now, we’ve made significant changes to Arclin’s decorative overlays portfolio in the last two years.

What drove our decisions? And why does (or should) it matter to you?

Let’s start with the second question — that’s easy: The changes in our portfolio reflect design shifts across many of the application industries served heavily by TFL — kitchens, closets, retail, healthcare, hospitality, office and more. The 21 new papers (12 designs) in our new Harvest Collection were selected expressly to meet growing and future trends across multiple applications.

How did we go about making our decisions on what to take out, what to add?

  1. We started by purging our portfolio of older designs that had worn out their welcome.
  2. We conducted extensive research on U.S. and worldwide trends, current and future, to find the best opportunities for our customers. (This is an ongoing effort!) Red and orange = out. Walnut, warm grays and browns, tone-on-tone and light colorations = in. Textures abound.
  3. We reviewed the entire portfolio by design structure, type of grain or other structural feature, color, application opportunities and more. We were admittedly far too heavy on the reds and oranges, light on some of the more modern features (see #2, above).
  4. We ultimately selected 12 new designs — with color options, 21 papers — for our new collection. A quick synopsis of the “why” of each:

Alexandria Walnut – probably the most traditional of the new designs, the fidelity and rich coloration of this beautiful walnut make it anything but “old.” Equally at home in traditional structures or exotic applications.

Angkor Stone & Angkor Root – rustic with a touch of elegance, with colorations that hit the trends but with slightly unique hues. These two are applicable virtually everywhere, from closets to cabinetry, hospital rooms to office settings.

Cambridge Classic & Cambridge Bronze – we’ve always said about this one: you have to see the full panel to grasp the beauty of this one. Rich and regal, this one has the potential to carry the room.

Charles Bridge – one of the more exotic designs in the collection, this seemingly in-motion wood grain has been colored for maximum dramatic effect. We can see this one at home in a modern kitchen (imagine the pairing possibilities), or in hospitality and retail settings.

The Glances (Silver, Platinum, Lead) – a brushed metallic effect, we liked this one for its suitability for garage cabinetry, retail environments and more.

Jackson Barn & Jackson Buff – warm, rustic oak with a hint of on-trend cerusing, these meet the demand for high fidelity rustics — with a bit more flexibility than most.

Kinabalu Teak – the midcentury modern resurgence brought teak back into vogue. Now the teak trend looks to have legs. We gave it extra traction, here, with a lighter, almost tone-on-tone coloration. There’s really no limit to the application possibilities here.          

Noce Moscato – rich grays, browns and blacks made this one an easy pick. Gorgeous, dramatic and a design-driver in the spaces it inhabits.

Papa’s Loft – the most popular of the collection, so far, this design proves that TFL isn’t what it used to be. That is, with improvements over the years in performance and fidelity, we can bring fresh designs to life that expand our opportunities to replace traditional veneers and other surfaces. We focused the coloration, too, on current and sustainable trends.

Skyline Dawn, Dusk & Dark – conjuring concrete or stone…even a metallic as you evolve to the darkest shade…this design was selected from among dozens of concrete-based textures we considered. Absolutely on-trend and in high demand.

Stinsons: Gray, Trail & Umber – this design captured three aspects we were looking for in our new collection: a modern lineal, on-trend colorations and extremely versatile.

Sunrise Impression – stone? marble? concrete? We’ll leave it to your impression. Which is what makes it so appealing.

Get in touch for samples, pricing information and more.

 

Trend Watch: Retail

Here are our Top #5 picks for trends worth watching in retail interiors and store fixtures.

 

Arclin Trend Watch - Retail Design
Turns out, it is easy being green

Trend watchers at the recent Milan Design Week noted a surge in green, perhaps taking to heart Pantone’s “greenery” color of the year for 2017. With its undercurrents of blue and yellow, greens can be fun to match with decorative surfaces, simply for their versatility!


 

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Texture: high tech to high touch

Love this expression: “hoarder chic.” Just like we can’t pass up touching the fine silk blouse or a chunky sweater, retail environments are catering to our sense of tech and touch. That is, they’re creating tactile environments that combine high tech and, say, aged brick — or sleek with vintage elements.

These designs make the marriage of vintage and modern, rough and smooth easy on the eyes and the fingertips.


 

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Momentum through Reinvention

We’ve all read the recent news of another wave of decline of traditional bricks and mortar retail. Who’s surviving — or even thriving — and how? It’s the stores willing to reinvent themselves. Their inventory, their stories, their online strategies, their environments. Urban Outfitters and Anthropologie are leading the way. Now imagine how much reinventing you can do with…


 

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Bridging: The store of the future

Facial recognition technology, holographic product displays, drone deliveries — these are already becoming part of the retail experience as retailers bridge their online and offline worlds. Even with declines in physical locales, there is a committed sense among the experts that bridging technology and human experience, and on- and offline realms will guide the future.

We imagine these high tech designs helping make the bridge:


 

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The boutique makes a (refreshing) comeback

Pop-ups, lifestyle stores, customized shops “curated to reflect their neighborhoods” —  the trend in boutique retailing takes nothing off the table. Creativity, unanticipated pairings and creating new customer experiences are…popping up…around the world.
No limits!


 

Small Is the New Big: Microdesign in Hospitals & Hotels

Tiny homes have been gaining momentum for some time now, thanks to shifting consumer tastes and no less than three different shows on HGTV that are aimed at reversing the bigger is better mentality. (Yes, Tiny House, Big Living; Tiny House Builders; and Tiny House Hunters all exist.) Now the microdesign trend is coming to commercial architecture.

First up: hospitals and hotels.

Called microhospitals and microhotels, these new iterations are smaller, more intimate, emphasize shared space over individual rooms, better integrate technology, and are more thoughtfully constructed to avoid less waste. This means design needs to be smartly executed to make use of available square footage. Storage space, furniture, and even rooms serve multiple purposes. And having the right construction materials is critical to making that possible.

Microdesign in hospitals

Microhospitals Modern design - ArclinMicrohospitals are becoming especially popular in markets where patients do not have easy access to emergency care. That can be in a busy urban area with long ER wait times or a small city that would not be able to support a full-scale facility. It is such a hot topic in hospital construction that Becker’s Hospital Review rated the “microhospital” as the number one design trend to expect in 2017.

It’s true that urgent care centers have been on the rise in recent years, but a microhospital is different. It is an always-available, full-service operation but typically maxes out at 50,000 square feet and are meant for short stays. They have a lower construction cost than a traditional hospital, ranging from $7 million to $30 million to build. And since they are smaller, they take less time to build, which allows the health system to bring healthcare services to communities quicker. These are attractive features to both builders and the cities the microhospitals will serve.

In addition to creative use of space, TFL is a popular surface choice in microhospitals due to its stain, germ, and abrasion resistance. It is also easy to maintain, which makes the environment healthier and safer.

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Microdesign Trends in hotels - ArclinWhen it comes to hotels, it is no surprise the trend first popped up in cities with expensive real estate like New York City and Tokyo. And recently, several hotel chains have emerged to capitalize on the trend, including Pod, Yotel, and CitizenM.

There are many reasons to embrace microhotels. They put much more emphasis on communal spaces, such as lobbies, lounges, and office centers. Design is critical to appeal to its main audience: Millennials. The idea is that this price-sensitive audience is more interested in “just having a place to sleep.” So, unlike the downsizing of airline seats, microhotels actually emphasize comfort and quality. It should look good, be environmentally-conscious, and have character.

These are some of the reasons TFL is showing up as a popular surface material in microhotels. TFL offers contemporary woodgrains and colors, with exact matches in other complementary materials. It is also a favorite “green” surface material with low-to-no emissions.

And while size is not, aesthetics are emphasized in microhotels. Microhotel designs provide creature comforts: multiple USB plugs, modular furniture, and adequate storage space. And with all that floor space trimmed away, they tend to charge less per night so who wouldn’t be happy with that?

Whether for an overnight hospital stay or a week away, expect to see more architects thinking small.

 

 

 

CitizenM image credit with edits: designmilk

Global Inspired – Design Tricks to Get that European Look

When looking around the globe for design tricks, Europe is ripe with ideas to borrow. Its long-lasting influences, timelessness, and ability to complement many different architectural styles make it a favorite among interior designers and architects.

However, the thing with a “European” look is that it is not just one style. You must first decide if the countryside elegance found in corners of Sweden, the hills of Switzerland, lush Tuscany, or fragrant Provence is what you want. Or perhaps, the bustling streets of Barcelona, London, and Berlin are more rousing to influence your next project. Whichever you choose, here are a few design tricks to keep in mind.

Arclin TFL - Gray Design Tricks in The Harvest CollectionDesign Trick 1: Nuanced Colors

European-styled homes tend to use a color palette filled with a variety of warmer shades. Nuanced colors like sandstone, coffee, or sweeping grays can help create a rich and sophisticated feel.

Design Trick 2: Experiment With Texture

Adding different textures to the floors and walls adds instant character. For example, a Nordic-styled home might use wide oak-colored panels paired with delicate patterned fabrics to instantly create a welcoming, but worldly feel.

Design Trick 3: Form Meets Function

European style furniture and buildings tend to use good quality material and is well-made. In other words, it’s not only looks great, but it works great too. Objects are appreciated for their lines and materials just as much as the purpose they serve.

Design tricks by Arclin TFL - European StyleDesign Trick 4: Give It a Lived-In Feel

A lived-in feel goes a long way for creating a welcoming space. It is why hygge (the Danish quality of coziness and comfort) is taking the world by storm. Depth and warmth are achieved through patinas, antiquing – and yes, textures. Display everyday items – collectables on a simple shelving or photographs in aged frames help finish the mood.

Design Trick 5: It’s All in the Details

And there is no better way to encourage that lived-in feel than with design details. Whether it is the subtle coloring on trim or thoughtfully placed object d’art, European style often plays elements against one another — think clean lines of a modern Italian kitchen counters against a large pop of color or loft style furniture in a rustic Spanish-style stone interior.

Now – your turn. What do you think creates a European feel?

What’s Hot in the Kitchen

We’ve highlighted some of our newest kitchen designs to show off the versatility of the trends!

Like a lot of you, we just got back from the Kitchen & Bath Show in Orlando, one of the many places we go to stay on top of design and surface trends. Here are our Top 8 trends we’re seeing in kitchen design. What strikes your fancy?

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Materials — Mix & Match
Marble with reclaimed or rustic woods, modern mixed with retro, classic designs matched with bold, fresh colors and textures. Wood on wood. Concrete with anything. Kitchen design is more flexible, more eclectic, more dynamic than ever.
Charles Bridge & Skyline Dark - Great for kitchen design
Black & White
This combo never goes out of style. In kitchens, we’re seeing a shift from all white (which we still love, by the way) to white plus…a little drama. Black pops against white cabinets and walls. White counters over black cabinets…stunning.
Cambridge Bronze, Noce Moscato, Kinabalu Teak - Great for kitchen design
Splash of Color
A chartreuse sink? Blue cabinets? Why not! Pantone’s 2017 color of the year, Greenery, is a great example of color bringing energy to warm wood tones or simple whites. We’re also seeing a lot of blue. Which is beautiful matched with gray grains, light warm woods and yes, white.
Skyline Dawn, Stinson Trail, Silver Glance, Platinum Glance - Great for kitchen design
Open Shelving
Above and below, we see more designs dispensing with the cabinet doors. That means more attention paid to shelving materials.

Gray for Days
We saw grays start to take prominence in kitchens several years ago — and it’s a trend that doesn’t seem to be fading anytime fast. Just look at our options — there’s so much to choose from, so many kitchen design directions to go.
Skyline Dusk, Stinson Gray, Jackson Barn, Angkor Stone, Charles Bridge - Great for kitchen design
Industrial Chic - Papa's Loft, Sunrise Impression, Lead Glance, Skyline Dark - Great for kitchen design
Industrial Chic
Some designers are starting to express their weariness with this sustaining trend, which has taken over restaurants, retail, offices and hospitality over the last decade+. But now we’re seeing it take on a new life in kitchens and more. Much as rustic has become more sophisticated, industrial kitchens are featuring more advanced engineered surfaces as a showcase for modern industrialism.


Copper Goes with… Anything

As we’re seeing, frankly… everywhere.
Cerused Wood - Great for kitchen design
Cerused Wood
Once popular during the Art Deco era, “cerusing” — accenting grains for contrast — creates an elegant look in any kitchen style, whether rustic, modern or a combination of the two.

What’s in a Name?

Despite rumors to the contrary, design names are not actually created during marijuana-fueled brainstorming sessions atop fog-covered mountains.)

Arclin’s new Harvest Collection of decorative overlays for TFL was curated from influences around the world. The names were selected to reflect those influences — and to capture the essence of each design. In case you were wondering…


Midtown Harvest

The Midtown Harvest Collection takes us from uptown to Main Street, urban sophistication to hometown warmth. The names reflect their Americana inspirations.

Harvest ColelctionCambridge Classic & Cambridge Bronze – regal, rich, hand-hewn, historic. That took us to one of the country’s most historic and regal cities: Boston.  We imagined these designs on the rich wood walls of Harvard Library in Cambridge.


 

Harvest Collection - Jackson Buff

Jackson Buff & Jackson Barn — these rustic designs conjured old world charm to us…visually transporting us to picturesque Jackson, Wyoming. And a name was born.


 

 

Harvest Collection - Papa's LoftPapa’s Loft – rustic, sea-weathered reclaimed barn wood, with more than a touch of gray. Think Old Man & The Sea…and author, Hemingway whose nickname was, in fact, Papa.


 

 

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Skyline Dawn, Skyline Dusk, Skyline Dark – this concrete-finish structure brought to mind urban settings and tall buildings…and the way city colors change as the daylight progresses.


 

 

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Stinson Gray, Stinson Trail, Stinson Umber – cool to warm, lineal, earthy. We thought of the trails to Stinson Beach in Muir Woods National Forest — full of tall straight trees and sandy trails.


Global Harvest                                  

Designs culled from global influences and a diversity of textures, colors and surface.

shutterstock_396111676Alexandria Walnut – The Port of Alexandria in Egypt was the world’s first and largest trading post for spices. And this is one spicy walnut.


 

 

shutterstock_263676302Angkor Stone & Angkor Root – exotic, old world and textured, the structure and colors of this design evoked, for us, the ancient Cambodian temples.


 

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Charles Bridge – we see water, winter, movement, drama. The picturesque Charles Bridge in Prague is…all that.


 

 

shutterstock_186199775Platinum Glance, Silver Glance, Lead Glance – this metallic, patterned abstract plays to the interlocking crystals of the galena ore. Also called “lead glance,” galena is a leading source of silver. You do the math.


 

shutterstock_239009716Kinabalu Teak – subtle cracks, knots and wide grains follow the terrain of Malaysia’s first national park.


 

 

shutterstock_71441794Noce Moscato – Noce = Walnut, Moscato = an Italian sparkling wine. There’s almost an aroma to this one.


 

 

shutterstock_262929725Sunrise Impression – you might see stone…marble…concrete…or even an impressionist painting. Monet’s first impressionist painting — which actually sparked use of the word “impressionism” — was called Impression, Soleil Levant or…Impression, Sunrise.


 

More than a Sales Pitch

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Granted, we’re all in business to sell our products. That said, Arclin’s overarching strategy with our Reinventing TFL marketing effort is to support the entire value chain — not just ourselves — through education on TFL and other surfacing options. What product, what place, to what advantage. Our aim is to grow the industry by bringing more people to the table for all of us.

To that end, we’re going to continue to use our social media channels to try to reach downstream — to architects, interior designers and specifiers who present our greatest opportunities for market growth and who are, too, heavy users of social media for information, inspiration and idea-gathering.

Our Facebook page plays on our theme but with a market-focused twist: Reinventing Surfaces. We’ll continue to build Instagram and Pinterest galleries that inspire but also educate our followers. Our blog will continue to become a repository for telling different parts of the TFL and surfacing story.

Our content is yours to share. And if there are subjects you’d like us to cover, please let us know!

In the meantime, follow us and we’ll be on the look out to connect with you:

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Surfacing Trends in Hospitality

New Twists Abound in Surfacing Trends

Yet another trends list?? Well…yes. Because we haven’t seen one that covers our unique niche. We’re taking a look at decorative surfacing trends for the hospitality industry — what we’re seeing on furniture, fixtures, walls and more at restaurants and hotels across the country.

We’re excited to see where things are headed in hospitality design. Because, truth is, they’re headed in a number of different directions. Which makes it all kinds of fun for those of us who get to pick the surface designs to offer up to the industry. We see lots of variety, imaginative spaces and a continued push toward ever greater design complexity and sophistication.

Sure, many of the examples we give here are our products, but the trends apply to the whole spectrum of surfacing options.

  1. Rustics, reclaimed and industrial chic —

Surfacing Trends in Rustics

I had a designer tell me just last week that she was “so over” industrial chic. I could see that only if you limited the options to a moment in time. But restaurants and hotels are continuing to claim forgotten spaces and creating their own “raw” interiors that combine repurposed elements and pure, rustic themes. The staying power is in the warmth of the environments, the smart use of resources, and the enormous variety of design possibilities. The trend continues to evolve as designers get more and more creative. From a materials standpoint, the options are seemingly endless!

Decorative surfaces are heeding the call, with highly realistic designs that capture the spirit without sacrificing the barn, so to speak — or the budget. Our recently introduced Papa’s Loft design for TFL is a prime example. Reclaimed, weathered and perfect for everything from counter faces to headboards to architectural walls. Or check out Jackson Barn and Jackson Buff. The concrete-inspired Skyline series of Skyline Dawn, Skyline Dusk and Skyline Dark is turning heads, too.

  1. Elegance is back.

Elegant Surfacing Trends
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Call it Hollywood glamour or the New Elegance, rich, sophisticated interiors have made a comeback. Lush fabrics and ballgown-worthy interiors are made all the more vibrant with surfaces that embody the intensity of the space. Arclin’s Cambridge Classic design evokes hand-hewn surfaces you might’ve found in, say, an estate library a century ago.

  1. Modern reimagined.

Modern Surfacing Trends
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What might’ve once been called “transitional” design — a blend of old and new — is now taking on new life as modern interiors are infused with a variety of styles, interpretations, materials and inspiration. Imagine paring this fresh Stinson Trail design with an animal patterned fabric or a nature-themed interior (it does take its name from a path through Muir Woods to Stinson Beach!). At the same time, Cambridge Bronze transitions well from classic to contemporary when you use its bold features to make a statement. Lines aren’t so clearly drawn anymore, which gives us a lot of freedom to reimagine spaces.

  1. Global inspirations.

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Bohemian, Mediterranean, Italianate, French Provincial…we’ve long experienced their style inspirations in the environments we frequent. Designers are now combining styles and materials in single interiors to evoke a sense of worldly adventure. Can’t imagine how a simple surface structure could contribute? Think again. Jackson Barn and Jackson Buff took us mentally to vast prairies and towering mountains. We’re introducing an entire globally-inspired selection of designs later this year, with designs that conjure thoughts of Cambodian temples, Middle Eastern ports of call and fog-enshrouded bridges.

  1. No boundaries.

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One of the things we’ve always loved about creating designs for decorative surfaces is that we’re not bound by the same laws of nature that define solid woods, veneers or stone. If you can imagine it, we can create it. Concrete textures with a hint of woodgrain. The feeling of wide planks that aren’t really planks at all. A color play that can turn an abstract neutral into a sleek metallic. The ability to craft surfaces from virtually any material we can get our hands on, “playing” until we get just the right look. Hospitality spaces work hard to create experiences, to comfort and to inspire. Decorative surfaces can be the perfect solution when the creative sky is the limit.

 

 

 

 

What surfacing trends are you seeing in your commercial and residential design? Share with us on Facebook.

The Dunes Collection – A Value Chain Partnership

Surfaces Industry Value Chain

Arclin is proud to work with many of the most reputable and creative printers in the surfaces industry. And our customers continue to show us just how much fun we can have working together to grow the market. The recent introduction of Arclin’s Dunes Collection is one great example (and we’ll share many more over the coming months) of a value chain partnership that netted a new set of designs right for the market, right now. Says Jim Ryan, Duramine Business Manager at Roseburg, who helped drive selection of the designs for Arclin’s portfolio — and theirs, “These designs address the growing demand from our customers for lineal patterns in modern colors. And they’re flexible, appropriate for use in nearly every market segment.” Ryan notes other criteria the designs met in making the cut for their small, targeted design portfolio:

  • They complement and work well with others in their collection
  • Can be used both horizontally and vertically
  • Will work well using texture plates, but are equally strong without

The U.S. creative team at Interprint worked with Arclin and Roseburg to identify the designs for this addition, selecting these four for that met multiple criteria for design and functionality. They include Calm Horizon, Ruby Beach, Sand Shoal, and Southern Cattails.

The Right Surface for the Right Space

Let’s show them how TFL works!

You know it, we know it — TFL is one of the most versatile decorative surface options available in the market today. High performing, design-forward, versatile, cost effective and environmentally safe. And perfect for a wide variety of environments and applications.

Arclin is creating tools to help all of us in the TFL value chain. Tools that can help educate your customers and theirs by demonstrating the attributes and benefits of the product in a wide variety of applications. We’re creating an online gallery to showcase thermally fused laminates in their natural habitats. And that is, virtually everywhere. Share photos, ideas, customer applications…anything you think will help us, together, bring more people to the TFL table.


retail TFLRETAIL

Dark to light, traditional to contemporary, wood grains to abstracts, TFL fits any retail environment, any brand on store fixtures, shelving, POP displays, closets, walls and counters.

What’s your favorite retail application? Share it with us and we’ll share with the industry!


office TFLOFFICE

The perfect office combines durability and design. Just like TFL. For desks, cabinets, shelving, credenzas and walls.

What new applications are you seeing in the office industry for TFL? Is it in designs? Applications? Textures?


healthcare TFLHEALTHCARE

Designs made to heal. Germ-resistant surfaces. Zero-emitting panels. Use it on workstations, lockers, cabinets and furniture, in waiting areas, workspaces and patient rooms.

We’re seeing a lot more creativity in healthcare environments, as the market gets more competitive and designers are looking for design-forward and healthy surfaces. What trends do you see driving TFL use in healthcare? Can you give us an example?


hospitality TFLHOSPITALITY

On trend and in budget. TFL adorns walls, furniture, fixtures and more in hotels, restaurants and clubs around the world.

Restaurants and hotels are more and more becoming havens and drivers of design versus merely places for comfort and sustenance. Where do you see opportunities to integrate TFL that maybe even the industry isn’t thinking of yet?


education TFLEDUCATION

The smart solution — TFL is durable and easy to clean and comes in designs and colors suited for any educational environment. For furniture (classroom, library, dorm), closets and desks.

Budgets are often among the biggest drivers in building materials decisions for educational spaces. But we know you can get a hot new TFL for no more investment than the same old, same old. What designs do you see showing potential in education? Traditional woods? Lineals? Reclaimed materials-inspired?


residential TFLRESIDENTIAL

Durable, stain resistant and available in a wide variety of designs — from wood grains to abstracts, solid colors and more — TFL is ideal for kitchens, cabinets, closets, organizational systems, furniture, garages…even the man cave.

We’re excited about what we’re seeing in residential interiors. Because we’re seeing a little bit of everything! Show us your favorites — a photo, a link…an example of something you’re finding in the market.

Decorative surfaces

Why TFL. And Why Now.

Decorative surfaces have been around since the ancient Egyptians began using wood veneers to coat their furniture and sarcophagi. They’ve come a long way. Today, the market offers a variety of decorative surface options (there’s a good primer here), from veneers to High Pressure Laminates (HPL), from foils to perhaps one of the most overlooked and high performing surfaces available: Thermally Fused Laminates, or TFL. Every surface option has a distinct sweet spot — that is, uses and applications for which it’s most appropriate and effective. Here’s a quick summary of the properties and benefits of TFL. And a thing or two you might not have known about this advanced surface option that is quickly growing in popularity.

For the right applications, TFL is high performing at a lower cost than many of its sister products. Resin-coated papers are thermoset, under high heat and pressure, directly to a substrate (typically particleboard, plywood or MDF), which eliminates the need for multiple layers of base paper and creates a very uniform, strong surface — at a lower production cost than many other options.

TFL is just as design-forward as HPL has become, matching the graphic intensity and fidelity of woods, stone, metals, abstracts and more. Advancements in design and printing technologies and expanding market interests have driven TFL manufacturers to create increasingly realistic, beautiful and varied decors. Advanced laminating technologies have made textures possible, as well, adding yet another dimension to TFL’s life-like design properties.

TFL is an environmentally friendly alternative to solid woods and veneers. TFL uses paper derived from sustainably harvested sources. And through sophisticated design, TFL can realistically mimic the look and, increasingly, even the feel of any wood or abstract material without depleting valuable natural resources. Arclin TFL can contribute to LEED credits for improved indoor air quality and is manufactured in FSC chain of custody-certified facilities.

TFL’s consistency and durability makes it ideal for a wide variety of industries and applications.

Decorative surfaces are used in industries including Residential, Retail, Healthcare, Office, Education, Government and more. Applications: Cabinets, Furniture, Closets, Desks, Architectural Features and more.

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TFL: Countless Shades of Green

Environmentally friendly building products

In our building industry travels, we’ll sometimes hear push-back against the use of any type of wood-related products — from specifiers and buyers rightfully charged with finding the most environmentally responsible building products available for their interiors projects. We couldn’t agree more that the careful use of our natural resources is the responsibility of everyone in the design and build industries. The truth is, Thermally Fused Laminates, or TFL, are one of the smartest environmentally responsible building products and can be used in a wide variety of applications, from furniture and fixtures to architectural features, closets and cabinets.

What makes it green?

  1. Quite simply, wood use has evolved. For many applications, we’ve moved from using solid woods (and cutting down lots of old-growth trees) to an environmentally preferable substrate with veneer to, now, a substrate with a decorate surface overlay that enables us to mimic all the design properties of real wood but is made with papers derived from tree fibers grown on controlled, fast-growing plantations. TFL spares old growth and exotic woods while capturing all of its graphic qualities. Read more about the evolution of wood.
  2. We’re certified (not to be confused with certifiable). Arclin TFL is manufactured in FSC® chain of custody-certified facilities. Panels made with Arclin TFL are ultra low-emitting and may contribute to LEED EQ Credit 4.4 for improved air quality. And Arclin applies its own E-Gen® designation to its TFL products, a proprietary designation that it applies only to products expressly engineered for exceptional product performance and to reduce manufacturing and downstream environmental impact.
  3. Arclin also manufactures low- to zero-emitting resins for wood panels. Those substrate panels can be combined with Arclin TFL for an extra layer of…green.

Compare TFL to solid woods, veneers, plastics, concrete and more to discover the right shade of green for your next project.