An exact record is not kept from when man began to mold his desires and needs in the warmth of wood; carpentry has been one of the trades that has evolved along with humanity, and as new technologies are incorporated, new forms of carpentry are understood. It is at this point where we must differentiate carpentry from cabinetmaking; the latter is of a much more traditional style, each piece of cabinetry by its nature steals a piece of the soul of the person who made it and therefore is unique and unrepeatable. However, in what follows we will focus only on carpentry, its materials and its evolution.
Traditionally, carpentry would require as raw material, wood to make the resulting furniture or artifacts; A fact that drastically changed in the second half of the 20th century with the industrialization of design elements and the appearance of new materials that could be handled with traditional carpentry tools; thus expanding the scope of action of the trade. The emergence of new materials derived from wood and synthetics, such as: chipboard, MDF, OSB and their water-repellent and high-resistance derivatives have allowed furniture that previously had to be conceived and made of wood and individually, now to be produced at massive scale and in turn these materials can be covered in endless finishes; Therefore, if before a wooden piece of furniture had to be satisfied with the natural finish or the specific lacquer, now you can have an endless range of colors and textures from the same piece of furniture through natural and synthetic laminates that exceed the levels of resistance and durability of any natural finish.
Probably the pinnacle of the industrialization of woodworking is with the appearance of post-war housing units, and the rise of the Frankfurt kitchen, that point in the timeline where the kitchen became part of the domestic living space. and that for the first time was treated as a design object. The growing demand for residential units led to a growing request for kitchens, therefore, modular kitchen systems began to appear. In a first stage, they were handled as laminated chipboard boxes for the interior with wooden faces; it was necessary to maintain the material although within a much more contemporary line. It was not until the 1960s, with the appearance of melamine and brands such as Formica, when kitchen fronts with a laminate finish began to be seen, and they did not escape the fashionable colors, cheerful, vibrant and even capable of being mixed with each other. Let us also remember typical of the time, the BAUHAUS school, the designs of Eames, and all those who used the new products derived from wood to make pieces of furniture that since the first half of the 20th century have managed to transcend , and remain in the collective imagination, as classics of the modern era.
It could be said that until the beginning of the 90s, laminated carpentry was still viewed with a certain sin by those purists of the trade, in whose paradigm a quality piece of furniture was that exclusively made of wood and according to traditional methodologies. It's possible that Gen X's ambition for luxury finishes and minimalism; were the necessary impetus for the improvement of alternatives to wood in order to obtain materials that are as light as they are resistant, and highly effective and durable lamination methods, thus obtaining an infinite palette of options when conceiving and manufacturing any piece of furniture. .Taking furniture from small sawmills to large factories, producing options for all kinds of styles and finishes; but also for all kinds of budget
Now, almost 30 years later, we can find a great rage for recreations of laminate furniture similar to those created in the 60's, combined with stainless steel accessories. In the end, the world of industrial design cannot escape the cycles of fashion and that is why in electrical scenarios we can see joinery furniture together with pieces of laminated carpentry offering environments rich in texture and history, as it is also possible to see laminated furniture from the 80s, adapted in bohemian decorations, where pieces from other eras are recycled and ethnic and naturalistic elements are incorporated.
The evolution of laminated carpentry has been infinite, since it covers all fields of the domestic: kitchens, closets, doors, furniture, including wall, floor and ceiling coverings; and transcends other fields, such as office furniture, commercial furniture, sanitary partitions, and practically any use that can be dreamed of and included within the characteristic qualities and scope of a material and the new technologies focus on increasing the resistance and lightness of the materials; increase its benefits to the point of being able to make it a sanitaryly efficient product (because it is antimicrobial) and in the adaptation of accessories, to facilitate interaction with the user (eg rails, hinges, handles, snap fasteners, etc).
At FANTINI, our commitment is to quality and for this reason we only use materials of the highest category, and under the most rigorous processes, to materialize our vision and the dreams of our clients, effective solutions, with a high commitment environment and a refined aesthetic sense of product..