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Flexible Stone Veneer / The New Innovation of Natural Stone

Flexible Stone Veneer / The New Innovation of Natural Stone

Flexx Stone – Flexible Stone Veneer // Light, Thin and Flexible to apply

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A project in Thailand, designed by Studio B
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Flexx Stone at the counter

Flexx stone is a veneer with layers of natural stone and polymer composite. This innovation makes it thin, light and yet strong. It is used for both interior and exterior and especially where bending to a curved surface is required. Flexx Stone can be applied on any surface: concrete, masonry, wallboard, metal, plywood and drywall. It can be glued by PU adhesive, silicone and epoxy. Its surface can be treated like natural stone, glossy or matt.

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More than 15 color variation of Flexible Stone Veneer

Benefit of Flexx Stone:

Very light – 0.3 kg per square metre

Very Thin – 0.1-0.3 mm

Easy to cut and work with

Flexible to install on wall, ceiling, door, cabinet, furniture and decorative item

Cost effective

Water proof material

High Strength and durable

Every stale is unique

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Columns which was covered by Flexx Stone at PLATO X Mobella Showroom Ekamai, Sukhumvit
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The project in Canada

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Nowadays, Flexible stone veneer was installed in many countries in Europe, America and Asia. Flexx Stone in Thailand was distributed by Plan X Co.,Ltd.

Distributor: Plan X, Thailand – https://www.facebook.com/Plan-X-668377643313198/

 

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Smart Storage Ideas

Smart Storage Ideas

Here are some smart storage ideas to give your home unique character and make a shining statement about your style.

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An idea for small rooms: A built-in cabinet in which clothes, shoes, bags, and books may be stored. You can make this kind of smart, easy-to-use closet in the Chinese medicine cupboard style. Label the drawers clearly for easy access. Wall cabinets add beautiful patterns and dimensions to your living spaces. They inspire you with a vision of freedom to create attractive walls.

Location: Preeyawat Temchavala’s home

 

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You can take your wall out of its humdrum existence by putting in exciting arrays of built-in closets and display spaces. Line them up along the corridor. Full-insert sliding doors, which fits completely in the openings, are ideal for the lower cabinets since they don’t get in the way. The upper cabinets may consist of open compartments made of plywood or MDF wood. It’s a good idea to incorporate electric lights in the design. Lights add interest and dimensions to rows of built-in shelving along the corridor. Recessed lighting fixtures behind the cabinets can be set at intervals that run parallel to downlights from the ceiling. They can hide behind veneer wood paneling in the same color as that on the ceiling.

Location: 3rd Floor, Sansiri lounge, Siam Paragon

 

Left: Stair risers and treads make for creative shoe storage. Turn each riser space into a shoe box and cover it with sliding cabinet doors made of plywood or MDF wood. 10-mm-thick wood panels should suffice. Sliding doors are ideal because they don’t get in the way. Make a couple of slits in the door for good ventilation. Now we’ve got an incredibly clever way to store shoes.

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01 The rear and both sides of the cabinet made of plywood or veneer wood
02 Attach wooden boxes with LED or Halogen light fixtures about 5 cm in diameter. Install wiring at the rear.
03 Hardwood frame with plywood or veneer wood cover
04 The door panel with a recess cut into it so as to join the parts together

 

01 Hardwood cabinet
02 Cabinet shells made of white MDF wood
03 Permanent U-shaped stainless steel brackets to hold the shelf in place
04 White MDF wood shelves 24 mm thick
05 Hardwood frame covered with white MDF wood

Looks can be deceiving. What looks like a 40-by-50 cm pillar supporting the building is in fact a vertical storage space that stands tall from floor to ceiling. This creative storage can open on two sides for accessibility and convenience.

Location: Kasijsin Suwattanapim’s home

 

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Hallway walls are perfect for putting in a full array of built-in closets. The semi-outdoor area is a convenient place for storing shoes, gardening tools, toolboxes for the handyman … you name it. Black-laminated cabinet doors make post-it notes highly visible. But if you prefer magnets like the kind used on the refrigerator, we recommend installing a magnetic board on the back of the laminated panel.

Location: Assist. Professor Singh Intrachooto’s home

 

01 Black U-shape rail upon which a rolling library ladder rests.
02 Hardwood panels 30 mm wide, U-shaped steel rail painted matte black
03 Steel rolling library ladder painted matte black
04-05 The rear and the sides of the hardwood cabinet made of ash-plywood in natural colors
06 Hardwood frame covered with ash-plywood in natural tones.

An airy, high-ceilinged room is ideal for putting in a row of overhead shelves equipped with a rolling library ladder for easy access. The cabinet depth can be anything from 25 to 30 cm to create enough space for books and equipment. Add different textures to the wall to give the area a distinctive style.

Location: Areeya and Pilan Spanond’s home

 

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You can create even more storage spaces buy turning hallway walls into bookshelves. By positioning the stairs 40 cm away from the wall, you have got a bookshelf that stands tall from floor to ceiling covering the entire length of the room. Where appropriate, put in some glass doors so that you can access the top shelves from both front and back sides. This is just one clever hack to put yours walls to work.

Location: Wonlopsiri’s Home Family

 

01 Outer frame
02 Hardwood frame covered with MDF plywood in gray
03 Furry carpet is held in place by Velcro tapes commonly found at stationery stores
04 Hardwood frame topped with plywood panel 18-20 mm thick
05 Hardwood drawers (30 x 30 x 45 cm) covered with gray MDF plywood

Nothing goes to waste. The space under the loft bed can transform into a commode containing concealed chambers used for storage. The commode can be as high as 45 cm from the floor to give ample spaces for storing miscellaneous items.

Location: Nu Nimsomboon and Klaiduean Sukhahoot’s home

 

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Even a mundane bench can turn into useful, multipurpose storage in the courtyard. The space under it can be remodeled to shelter your shoes, hand tools, gardening tools and all from bad weather or danger. It’s a good idea to divide the underneath space into two parts and put in a couple of drawers with easy handles. The drawers can be made of plywood or MDF wood about 10 mm thick for durability.   

Location: Bill Bensley and Jirachai Rengthong’s home link: http://www.bensley.com/

 

link: http://www.roommag.com/home-ideas-1/scoop/10388/smart-storage-ideas-2/

Concrete Houses for Hot and Humid Weather

Concrete Houses for Hot and Humid Weather

What kind of design suits hot and humid weather? Many concrete houses are the ones to answer this region’s common question.

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The raw concrete home-office house has truly interpreted the meaning of ‘everyone’s home’. With its unique design, each family member has also taken part in adapting their lifestyle to the home design while intervening the multi-purpose space for everyone.

Design-Decorate: Peradech and Kittitaj Norasethakorn

 

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It’s vital to build your weekend home, harmonizing with nature. Although the house style is modern, but you can let all materials show the raw texture without any decoration. Blending with the natural environment.

Design-Decorate: Peeradech Norasethakorn, KLICKKENSTUDIO

 

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Now, the new concrete house space design is developed from the Thai-traditional house planning which plants the tree in the center court of a house and encircles with porch and four corners. This design will adapt to the comfortable concrete home style along with every detail of Thai house that was given the new perception of contemporary style.

Design: Warunyu Mokarapirom and Santhad Srisang

 

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This compact concrete house makes us feel the essence of Thai house, but it is free from any types of roof. The only thing they need from building this house is to live in this humid climate atmosphere without using air-conditions or turning the lights on.

Design: sea.monkey.coconut

 

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Now, the architect can create the new modern loft concrete house by adapting traditional house’s platform in both upstairs and downstairs. The downstairs can connect with the living room when opening the sliding glass doors that can help extend another useful space, while the upstairs also use the window with the Thai-style awning.

Design: Vorapong Teerakawongsakul, M.O.L. studio Co.,Ltd.

 

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A box concrete house with simple and modern style can harmoniously contain every detail of Japanese way. The architect invented new formula of white concrete to enhance its unique minimal style.

Design: Waro Kishi + K.ASSOCIATES/Architects

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The tiny concrete house called ‘Mancave’ separates from the big house. The owner intends to have all the facilities for as same as the big one to serve his works and hobbies.

Design: Kamron Suthi, Eco Architect Co.,Ltd.

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The white concrete house in box-shape, Sukhumvit area has given the simple and stunning look among many ordinary houses. With its smart concept, this house can prove the modern style that can respond to our needs and friendly to all of everyone.

Design: Tidtang Studio

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Concrete block house, the modern design for the owner’s parents. They can do a lot of activities with their children in this cozy space. Design the wide green open space in the center of a house for every family’s member usages.

Design: Dang Huy Cuong, i.House Architecture and Construction 

 

link: http://www.roommag.com/home-ideas-1/scoop/12697/daily-idea-concrete-house/

Townhouse Makeovers / Home Renovation Ideas

Townhouse Makeovers / Home Renovation Ideas

A good home renovation could turn even a decade-old townhouse into a unique house reflecting the owner’s taste and personality.

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Renovate the 30-year-old and 3-storey townhouse to the warm industrial home. With its gray and simple exteriors contrasting from the iron gate and black roof, and interior open floor plan, you can do different kinds of hobbies within this area. This stylish design can give you the warm cafe atmosphere, yet harmonize the bold style with the white brick wall.

Design-Decorate: Kirin Chaichana

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A 70-year-old unique stunning home is replaced by a simple and modern home structure with a touch of period wooden home style. With its shiny white marbles over the ground floor, it can give a simple and modern look and feel. While the studio is designed to enhance the vintage style by extending the terrace on the upstairs, installing delicate-line curve steels, reflecting the vintage touch amongst the modern-style.

Design: Thita Kamonnetsawat and Pongsak Kobrattanasuk

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Two townhouses were added by steel structure to the front yard without removing the previous building’s structure. It’s easy to use steel as the main material since it can be easily installed. Insert some trees to the structure to add a soft touch to the bold line. Connect these two houses with the center courtyard with the iron bridge, while decorating the interior with the gray-black color so that it will suit with the house.

Design: Suriya Ampansiriraj

link: http://www.walllasia.com/

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Outside of the commercial buildings near Ratchanaddaram temple is still being preserved its main structure but renovated all interior design by combining the old wood with steel structure and laying with red bricks. This renovation will enhance an industrial-contemporary style hostel with decorative cozy rooms.

Design-Decorate: Arx Architects Co.,Ltd.

link: http://www.arxonline.nl/index.php/nl/

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You can renovate all the old commercial buildings by installing aluminum lath parted with modern plexiglass and combining with the little touch of classic elements. The gray-brown palette will help create a warm and cozy atmosphere in the tiny renovated townhouse.

Design: Kirin Chaichana and Nitcharat Chaisagnuanjirakul

 

link: http://www.roommag.com/home-ideas-1/scoop/12798/daily-idea-renovated-townhouse/

Modern Exterior Lath

Modern Exterior Lath

Exterior Lath of the building is another smart idea to filter strong sunlight. It’s the easiest solution for a hot and humid country. We proudly introduce various lath designs to highlight your home character with easy-to-find local materials.

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The accordion window lath for the exterior will help filter the morning sunlight in your bedroom. When you open or close the window to one side, it will help expand a more seaside view.

Design-Decorate: Bee Vithayathawornwong, Beautbureau Co.,Ltd.

link: http://www.beautbureau.com/

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Decorate your façade with diagonal lath panels, it can be opened or closed and also provide you the privacy with the exquisite work. When it’s afternoon time, the wall will reflect lath lines and change the degree of light depending on each time of the day.

Design: IDIN Architects 

link: http://www.idinarchitects.com/

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The vertical wooden lath is ideal for lessening the sunlight. You can also open or close it up to 90 degrees to shade the light in any direction.

Design: Autchawin Thongthawat and Thanapol Janewattanawit

Interior Design: Vorakit Srithimakun and Ratchanee Pakdeepanichapong

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The Japanese tea room can reflect the Japanese way with tatami rug and Japanese set of table. The sliding double-layer door is also made of lath, it perfectly overlaps from the sliding glass door so that you can open the door to take fresh air and admire the garden view.

Design: Hypothesis

link: http://www.hypothesis.co.th/

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Add a little gimmick to your home with trendy lath and adapt the lath’s direction to the light to filter the sunlight. This lath will not only give you privacy but also protect you from the strong sunlight.

Design: Materior Studio

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Renovate your window screen with the steel screen and spray it with colors. Or you can also adhere it with plywood panels onto the hardwood frame in the same color to playing with the light. This way can create the prominent view when the light shines through the wall.

link: http://hubbathailand.com/

 

link: http://www.roommag.com/home-ideas-1/scoop/12671/daily-idea-wood-facade/

Shading your Living Corners

Shading your Living Corners

Because of hot weather, it’s hard to spend time outdoors even if you are wired to be outside. Putting your semi-outdoor living corners in the shade is the smart choice. They could be your idea of heaven in the hot weather. Check them out.

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Decorate your stylish living corner with a fabulous transparent swing surrounded by a vertical garden. It is recommended to select proper houseplants that are suitable for hot and humid weather in Thailand. Ferns are perfectly matches for the vertical garden because they are not only beautiful and suitable for hot weather, but also easy to care for.

Design: Pantavit Lawaroungchok, Apostrophy’s

link: http://www.apostrophys.com/

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Bring the lively atmosphere outside into your home simply by opening the door to stay in touch with the natural world. At the top of the wall, lay bricks at intervals for good ventilation. Delicate wooden furniture paired with raw concrete flooring makes the living area look and feel cool. This way can help you make the most use of all materials.

Design: Anupan Pruekpankajee and Rungwisah Rungthanapat

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Your living area on the second floor can represent architectural and natural harmony. Position the column in line with the tree trunk and let it grow through the rooftop to create shade. Under the sloping roof, it’s a good idea to install a lath to ventilate the house. You will feel like living in a treehouse.

Design: Suriya Umpansiriratana

link: http://www.walllasia.com/

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A sloping courtyard at the center inclines to the lowest point at 30 cm. hemmed in by concrete construction. This is a perfect living area to rest your tired legs. Wooden accordion doors separate the inside from the outside area. To see the garden, just open the accordion doors. Meantime, get plenty of cool air and warm light.

Design: Washirasak Maneewattanapruk

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A covered exterior gallery on the balcony creates shade and prolongs the life of wooden floor that is exposed to the elements. A big sofa bed covering the entire area is a good way to get the comfort you prefer. You will need good quality material for the sofa bed for durability.

Decorative Design-Lightning Design: Padee Studio Co.,Ltd.

link: http://www.padeestudio.com/

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The little space on your terrace can transform into a lovely loggia. Cover the area with a transparent roof and decorate it with hanging pots of fern to filter the light. With one side open to the garden, you can bring the freshness of the outdoors inside.

Design: Summer Snow Home & Garden

 

From Rice Husk to Bio-composite Tile and Solid Surface

From Rice Husk to Bio-composite Tile and Solid Surface

Husk Collection

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Husk Collection was created from discarded outer shells of rice during milling process. Sonite’s new Husk mosaics and solid surface incorporate significant quantities of agricultural waste. The collection’s advanced bio-composite design yields coverings not only beautiful but also ecologically friendly. Husk is available in four organic tones, balance between natural warmth and contemporary chic. Eco-Friendliness: Despite being polymer-based, the materials are exceptionally eco-friendly. Tests have proved a carbon footprint equal to or less than the lowest among mosaic tile manufacturers. In Europe, Husk furthermore has received a highest attainable A+ score in tests for VOC emissions.

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Additionally:

*Rice husks take very long to decompose and thus are not appropriate for composting or manure. Therefore the 100 million tons + of husk produced globally begins to impact the environment if not disposed of properly. (“Rice husk Ash”by Nick Zemke Emmet Woods June 2009 California Polytechnic State University)

* In Vietnam, rice husk has been dumped in local rivers, causing a big problem. (http://irri.org/rice-today/a-second-life-for-rice-husk)

* Rice husks are composed mainly of cellulose, silica + lignin and are a ‘Class A’ thermal insulation material. Husks are difficult to burn and are unlikely to propagate mold. (http://esrla.com/pdf/ricehullhouse.pdf)

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Photos : Press

Manufacture : Sonite Innovative Surfaces, Thailand – www.sonitesurfaces.com

 

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