As the name suggests, timber-effect or wood-effect tiles are tiles, which look like wood but do not act like wood. Made from porcelain and used on both floors and walls, timber-effect tiles can incorporate a range of grain designs, natural irregularities and weathered finishes.

Kährs have launched a new Riba approved CPD seminar for architects, designers and trade professionals. The seminar, titled ‘Engineered Wood Flooring’ educates on the construction of engineered wood, and how the product can be effectively specified within both domestic and commercial projects. Environmental accreditations, install methods and examples of references are covered within the forty minute seminar.

Barangaroo House, a freestanding, three-storey restaurant, has become one of the first projects in Sydney to utilise Accoya wood cladding, a world-leading high-performance, sustainable wood product, and the distinctive Japanese charring technique, Shou Sugi Ban.

New wood flooring samples have joined the selection at the Kährs Design Studio in London. Additions to the sampling include Kährs' new scandi inspired whitewashed oak designs, Nouveau Lace and Harmony Shell. Also joining the sampling is a new timeless French Pattern design, recently shortlisted in the 'International Design & Architecture Awards' for the Best Hard Flooring award.

Kährs unveiled two ultra-matt wood flooring collections at Clerkenwell Design Week this year, Lux and Lumen. Recently winning Gold for 'Best Flooring' at the 2017 House Beautiful Awards, Kährs' Lux collection includes nine one-strip plank format designs in an array of natural colours, which are mirrored in Lumen's three-strip and two-strip designs.

Kährs' newly launched French Pattern wood flooring design has been shortlisted in the 2018 'International Design & Architecture Awards', within the 'Hard Flooring' category. The awards, held by 'design et al' magazine, celebrate some of the best design schemes, product launches and innovation from throughout the world.

With population growth on the rise across the globe and gross floor area (GFA) in decline, architects have been looking to the sky in search of alternatives to meet the world’s housing demand for many years. However, with the development of high-rise alternatives for residential applications, many towns and cities have become densely urbanised and often neglect biodiversity, connecting us back to our natural habitats. One architect practice, however, is changing the face of high-rise structures in the populous city of Lagos.

A major and ultra-prestigious application in the City of London could really put U.S. red oak on the European map.

The design of Norway’s newest cultural research centre, the Archive House, has embraced environmental design and creative thinking.

Designed and created by Danish architecture firm 3XN, the Royal Arena project in the historic city of Copenhagen opened earlier this year and has since been awarded the ‘Jury Winner’ in the Sport and Recreation category at this year’s Architizer A+.

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