ECOply brings light to Jury Café’s dark past
Jean-Pierre Biasol has brought Jury Café, located within the bluestone walls of the former Pentridge prison, to life through the clever application of ply including ECOply® by Carter Holt Harvey. The sombre history of the site prompted Biasol from Biasol: Design Studio to develop a light and playful look.
“We wanted to contrast the dark bluestone walls outside with a palette of bright colours and blonde timbers inside,” says Biasol.
Plywood is used consistently throughout across floor areas, walls, sub-frames, joinery, tables, chairs, planter boxes, even menu frames. ECOply CD Grade has been used across the back wall cabinetry where the grainy texture adds warmth and movement in contrast to the pale grey concrete expressed on the adjoining wall.
The natural timber appearance of ECOply helps create a fresh, organic look at Jury Café and the small, intergrown knots that feature in the CD Surface Grade enhances its natural form.
Whilst the look of plywood is important, according to Biasol, “its affordability and workability are the biggest driving factors.” Known for its strength and durability, ECOply is also surprisingly easy to handle and use in a variety of applications. It has been a popular choice not only in eateries like Jury Café but in office fit-outs, apartments and homes particularly for joinery, interior lining, sheathing, bracing and soffits.
Sustainability also makes plywood a popular choice. ECOply is locally made from renewable, plantation grown pine and is available AFS and FSC® certified on request. Biasol considered sustainability in his design for Jury Café, which included his choice of ECOply.
“These days you need to be sustainably conscious and to apply it throughout your design,” Biasol says.
This further includes choosing lasting materials that have a timeless look, like plywood.
For designers looking for sustainability, workability and affordability the jury is unanimous: ECOply is a smart design choice.
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