FLAMED OAK VENEER: This is a chipboard panel faced on both sides and on 4 edges with a sheet of oak veneer, carefully selected and applied to obtain an irregular, flamed veneer, slatted effect. The veneer is subjected to a mechanical brushing process before the varnishing cycle to bring out the typical grain of oak wood and set off its characteristic hardness and texture.
DISTRESSED OAK VENEER: its technical features are the same as those of the flamed oak veneer panel except for the fact that this veneer has some deep knots and cracks that are protected by the varnish applied during the varnishing cycle.
“FIRST-PATINA” FIR WOOD: (Tabacco, Chalet and River fir wood) are mostly sourced from Alpine regions and reclaimed by dismantling mountain huts, hay barns and old houses. These buildings, whose external façades were constructed from fir wood planks, have been exposed to extreme weather conditions every day for at least sixty to seventy years. Every day snow, wind, hail, rain and sun have left their mark on the surface of each plank, etching the passing of time into them. The holes of the nails used to join the planks or hang up tools, the rough texture of the veins dug out and consumed, and the knots and splits are the indelible scars left behind by the history of the passing years.
The base consists in a light MDF panel with a low formaldehyde emission to which various coats of a quartz mixture (siliceous sand) and acrylic copolymers in a water emulsion are applied. The process takes a long time because the various coats of material must harden completely to obtain a waterproof surface that is very scratch resistant and features irregularities and streaks that set off its textured appeal. Only completely non-toxic materials are used which preserve their technical and aesthetic features as time goes by. The door surfaces and edges are slightly rounded while, to avoid any type of infiltration, there are no surface interruptions to join the edges to the fronts.
MELAMINE: “Melamine” is generally consists in a wood fibreboard (chipboard or MDF) panel faced with decorative paper impregnated with thermo-setting melamine resins. The production process of this type of panel is usually called “melamine coating”: the melamine resin coating is subjected to pressure and heat which makes it crystallize, creating a surface that is resistant to liquids, abrasion and heat.
SUPERMATT MELAMINE: this type of melamine is produced by applying special plates to the panel that make the surface ultra-matt and very soft to touch.
THERMOSTRUCTURED MELAMINE: special plates are applied during the production process of the panels to mark the surface with specific “texture”.
The Tecnolux doors consist of MDF panels coated externally in a sheet of PET: plastic polymer available in different colours in the price list with a glossy finish. The edges are coated in the same material while the inner surface is faced in matt melamine of the same colour.
The surface of Fenix Ntm® involves the use of nanotechnology and is obtained through next generation resins developed by Arpa Industriale. Thanks to its technology, Fenix Ntm® features advance properties. Besides the main ones, such as an extremely matt, soft touch, and anti-fingerprint surface, and the thermal healing of microscratches, this innovative material stands out for specific properties which facilitate normal cleaning and do not require particular maintenance. In fact, it is extremely easy to clean and is resistant to mold, it has enhanced anti-bacterial properties, it is resistant to rub, scratches and abrasion, as well as to acid solvents and household reagents.
AISI 304 grade stainless steel is used for doors and counter tops with a high nickel and chrome content. A material which epitomises the concept of ecological sustainability, since it is completely recyclable and free from toxic emissions. Its remains unaltered over time because it is corrosion resistant. It is hygienic and easy-to-clean which makes it ideal for use in the kitchen.
Corian® is a solid, non-porous, uniform material consisting of ± 1/3 acrylic resin (polymethylmethacrylate or PMMA) and ± 2/3 natural minerals. The main mineral is aluminium trihydrate (ATH) derived from bauxite ore, a mineral from which aluminium is produced. HYGIENIC: Corian® is a non-porous material. It is uniformly compact and can be produced with seamless joints which make the surface ultra-hygienic. The surfaces do not promote the growth of bacteria or fungi.
NON-TOXIC: under normal temperatures, it does not release gases. When it burns, it mainly releases carbon oxides. The smoke is light and does not contain halogenated toxic gases. Thanks to this property, Corian® is widely used in public areas and for sensitive applications like airport check-in desks and work tops in hospitals and hotels.
REPAIRABLE: the surfaces can be renewed, in the sense that they can be completely restored with normal mildly abrasive detergents and an abrasive sponge. Cigarette burns, for example, can be easily buffed out in this way. Damage caused by the incorrect use of the material can usually be repaired in-situ without having to replace it completely.
SOLID: The colours and textures run all the way through the material, so are not subject to wear. Corian® is a solid material which does not flake.
SEAMLESS: the only limit to using Corian® is your imagination. Being able to create invisible bonds and continuous seamless surfaces means that the design possibilities are endless. Extra-long work tops, for example, can be fabricated in the workshop and then, joined on-site to form a continuous surface. The edges are made so that they seem thicker.
WORKABLE LIKE WOOD: Corian® can be worked with the same tools as wood. The workshops where Corian® is worked are generally known as woodworking shops. ECOLOGICAL: Corian® is produced in accordance with strict regulations to limit waste and energy consumption throughout the production process. The material, adhesives and sealants used to install it produce low emissions of volatile organic compounds (VOC) and have obtained GREENGUARD Indoor Air Quality Certified® certification.
The 4 mm. thick glass, available in both Glossy and Frosted finish, is tempered according to law requirements and contains low levels of iron oxide. It is lacquered from the inside with three coatings to prevent the frame shadow being visible in case of reflection or cabinet internal light. This also increases the resistance to scratches.
Stoneware slabs are available for counter tops and in some shades for the front panels of the Ak_04 model as well. They are made with advanced technology which combines reduced thickness with high strength, resistance to chemical products, wear, scratches, deep abrasions and bending. They are extremely easy to clean, resistant to cold, fire, mould and sunlight. All the characteristics and colours of the slabs do not change and stay that way over time, whatever the atmospheric conditions.
SAND LACQUER: this finish is usually applied to wood fibreboard (MDF or melamine) and entails, after the panel has been worked in CNC centres, the application of a coat of white polyester lacquer (basecoat) and some coats of the latest generation of coloured, water-based lacquer containing small micro-sphere particles that create a pleasant silk-effect finish to the touch. Water-based lacquers offer the same resistance as solvent-based ones but have a much smaller impact on the environment, thus becoming much healthier to use both for factory workers and for end users.
BRUSHED GLOSS LACQUER: the type of base and the preparation of the panel before the finishing process are the same as those employed for the Sand lacquer finish. The finishing process is performed using robotized systems that guarantee the product is properly and evenly applied to the panel to avoid variations in colour and to ensure long-lasting stability. After having applied the gloss coloured lacquer the product is left to harden before being honed once again to remove any impurity or small imperfection present. The lacquer is then brushed using specific pastes and lots of manual work and the skill of specialised personnel.
OXIDISED LACQUER EFFECT: the process consists of five main steps. The coating starts with the application of a suitable polyester primer which is carefully sanded. Afterwards, a primer is applied which creates a mirror effect and gives the product its colour. The surface is then “scratched” by hand and coated with a product containing metal powder to create an oxidised effect. The process is completed by applying a matt acrylic-type coat which makes it scratch resistant and long lasting, with non-yellowing properties which preserve the finish over time.
Quartz agglomerate is a very popular material for making kitchen counter tops. This product has many distinguishing features, such as a high resistance to knocks, scratches and chemical agents, in addition to being resistant to compression and bending. It features a compact look and is easy to clean with minimal absorption of liquids, ensuring good resistance to stains from coffee, wine, lemon juice, olive oil, vinegar, make-up and many other commonly used household products, however, it is advisable to avoid contact with corrosive chemical products. The non-porous surface means low bacteria proliferation. There are numerous colours and textures to choose from to personalise your kitchen.