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Formica Black WalnutFormica Corporation, the inventor of high pressure laminate and the first to pioneer large-scale laminate design, expands its best-selling 180fx® Collection to include four new full-scale patterns that bring the warmth and timeless appeal of wood into kitchens.

Dramatic, Expressive Wood Anchors 2013 Introduction
Inspired by the trend for bespoke international furniture design that celebrates the natural beauty of wood in its true form and scale, 3479-58 Black Walnut Timber in a Matte finish marries two thick, 170-year-old slabs of Black American Walnut – book matched and joined down the center with Walnut dovetails, creating a stunningly realistic woodgrain laminate – producing a striking five-foot expanse. Black Walnut Timber’s styling balances natural brown with subtle red and yellow tones and is balanced with realistic linear cathedrals and cross-fire figured grain.

“Dramatic, expressive woods are celebrated much like rare, exotic granites were 10 years ago,” shared Amy Gath, vice president of marketing at Formica Corporation. “For this latest 180fx® introduction, our designers modeled the Black Walnut Timber pattern after raw wood planks in which each slice of tree is treated as a dramatic piece of art. With advanced printing technology, we successfully captured the beauty and rarity of this species, minus the associated expense and high-maintenance qualities.”

2013 180fx® Introduction Nods to Nature
In addition to Black Walnut Timber, Formica Corporation is introducing new 180fx® patterns that draw inspiration from the dark wood tones trending in high-end kitchens. Additional designs include:

  • 3477-46 Rainforest Brown in Etchings™ finish: A perfect bridge between wood and stone, Rainforest Brown’s dramatic, angular design in warm wood tones offers a striking and colorful layout while the rich, brown veining of the serpentinite stone ties into popular wood cabinet colors.
  • 3478-46 Dolce Macchiato in Etchings™ finish: A large-scale exotic Italian granite, Dolce Macchiato captures the detail and beauty of the popular Dolce Vita pattern introduced in 2012 and color styles it in warm wood and coffee tones. A new crossover option between wood and stone, its sweeping patterns are broken with fine crystalline structures of quartz and coordinate with many popular cabinetry stains including deep brown, warm cherry and golden maple.
  • 3476-46 Jet Sequoia in Etchings™ finish: Modeled after oiled, deep-toned soapstone, Jet Sequoia is a true-black version of the popular sequoia patterns introduced in 2011 – Soapstone Sequoia and Slate Sequoia – with finely drawn, intersecting veins of white and gray.

Certified as a Green Building Solution
In addition to unmatched aesthetics and performance, all Formica® laminate patterns are designed to minimize environmental impact. Each pattern is Forest Stewardship Council (FSC®) certified and is GREENGUARD Indoor Air Quality Certified® by the GREENGUARD Environmental Institute under the GREENGUARD Standard for Low-Emitting Products, including the requirements for Children and Schools.

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