Formica International Exhibition: Laurinda Spear, Trelleaf 2008

I introduced you to Laurinda Spear of Architectonica earlier as she designed a unique collection of laminates for Formica in 1997. Laurinda is a Miami-based architect that practices unconventional modernism, both abstract and romantic, playful as well as dramatic. She won the prestigious Rome prize 1978 and went on to build global projects in South America, Europe, Asia as well as her home town of Miami. Her breakthrough project was the Atlantis Condominiums, famous for its hole pierced through the center and accented with a palm tree and colorful graphic elements. Pictures on the slide show the Banco de Credito in Lima, Peru; Festival Walk in Hong Kong; Center for Innovative Technology in Virginia. After her Formica laminate project, she went on to design commercial textiles, architectural glass, furniture, watches and fashion under the division ‘Laurinda Spear Products.’

In her Trelleaf submission for Formica, she actually submitted 4 different color schemes. Both the CAC and Formica selected her Lemon-Lime version as it added the rare color in this furniture collection which is mainly white, gray and black. This is a innovative use of a new product introduced in Formica North America called ColorThru Compact and ColorCore2. Two different colors of the ColorThru Compact, Organic Green & Cafe act as the structure and the newly flexible ColorCore2 in Spectrum Yellow and Lime is woven for the seat.

This piece had challenges to achieve structure but still maintain lightness. This piece sold very quickly to the youngest bidder for $30,000.

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