The elevated focus on workplace design and commercial fit outs means designers are under more pressure to deliver commercial interiors that are multi-faceted, with layers of functionality, and sophisticated, modern style and aesthetics. Achieving this within strict time, cost and resource constraints challenges designers to seek new, versatile solutions that deliver high quality performance, unique character and natural warmth to interior spaces while being accessible, affordable and easy to use.
Retail spaces, restaurants, bars and hotels have used Steccawood to create inviting interior environments for their customers without compromising on space or functionality. It may also be used to give character or as a clever visual feature in otherwise neutral office spaces. The product may also be used to achieve sweeping interior transformations. For example, in the Central Coast's oldest shopping mall, six thousand lineal metres of Steccawood ceiling battens were used as part of a major building upgrade to create a dramatic feature throughout the interior. On a smaller scale, Steccawood panels may also be used as a screen divider, separating rooms into multi-use areas such as a sitting area beside a foyer entrance, or a break out area next to standard work desk space. Steccawood's adaptability is core to its appeal.
Eight Six Design and Synergy Construction and Development created a unique commercial fitout using Steccawood in Natural Oak Ravine, allowing them to stand out from the competition. Steccawood can be utilised on reception counters and seating, adding a designer aspect to commercial and workspace fitouts. To complete the look and complement the vertical design characteristics, Compact Laminate in Natural Oak Ravine was routed into striking patterns and used as a feature wall.
polytec manufactures Steccawood in Australia from E-Zero medium-density fibreboard (MDF) material wrapped in decorative overlay. These battens impart the realistic warmth and character of timber without sacrificing on performance. With a high level of durability, this MDF solution is suitable for most internal applications as a practical alternative to natural timber. As Steccawood is also fire rated Group 3, for most projects it will be compliant with the fire performance requirements set out in Australian building regulations.
Cost effectiveness, ease of use and design flexibility are some of the most important issues for designers and clients, and in this area Steccawood excels. The pre-finished nature of polytec's decorative battens means there are no manufacturing costs. As it comes ready to fabricate, installation is a fast and simple process that can help project managers alleviate time and cost pressures. Fully-wrapped battens and convenient sizing (battens are supplied in a 3600mm length and available in 31mm x 31mm, 17mm x 38mm, 17mm x 65mm, 31mm x 65mm, 50mm x 70mm, 40mm x 100mm, and 50mm x 100mm as well as made-to-order) add further convenience during installation.