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Dekodur Surface Finishes used in the New Spirit of Tasmania

Supplier: Allplastics Engineering By: Vic Kalloughlian
26 October, 2015

In 2015 The Spirit of Tasmania vessels underwent a major refurbishment with the interiors completely redesigned. The New Spirit of Tasmania I and II were designed by Swedish architects Figura and the outcome is a stunning contemporary feel with open spaces on all decks.

Allplastics Architectural and Building division provided Dekodur High Pressure Laminates to Fairbrother Joinery in Davenport, Tasmania.

In addition to the laminated feature wall panels, Fairbrother also supplied a range of joinery items for the ships, including laminated Tasmanian oak window screens, stainless steel columns surrounds, solid copper columns, a copper map of Tasmania and 277 table tops per vessel.

To meet the stringent International Maritime Safety requirements every material had to be certified and only fire-rated MDF, FR glues, FR Laminates and FR Clear polish could be used.

The names DekoplusDekolor/Dekonova/Dekocore stand for decorative high pressure laminates, as specified in EN438_1, in solid colours, in fantasy print as well as replicas of natural materials such as linen, wood, marble etc.

Due to the very tight deadline of the refurbishment Dekonova DO10/SMT panels were airfreighted from Germany. The Decoplus Controlled Wood Panels were chosen due to their mechanical and chemical properties (resistance to scratching, impact, heat and staining) as well as the aesthetics.

The printed surface of D 070 (which can be produced in several finishes) provide a realistic reproduction of wood that will more than fulfil even the highest expectations in interior design.

D 070/VIN (vintage surface finish) won the pro K-award “Product of the Year 2015” with the following words of the art judges;

"Better than wood! Successful product design of high quality and better for the nature."

The Dekodur HPL range is the latest addition to an extensive range of niche architectural and building plastics surface finishes provided by Allplastics.