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Innovative furniture design delivers sustainable solution for university

Students, staff and visitors to York St John University’s London campus have been wowed by the recently-installed furniture, which fits perfectly with the university’s own personality and ethos.

Manufactured by Fuzl, using its innovative, patented, flat-pack system, it uses WISA® Multiwall, the robust, sustainable, polypropylene laminate Birch Plywood, which is supplied in the UK by Advanced Technical Panels (ATP), part of the James Latham Group. The functional, yet stylish clip-lock concept has been used to create a number of striking tables, chairs and bookshelves for the Launchpad careers area of the campus.

Developed by furniture designer, Oliver Theobald, Fuzl is all about simple and functional design. All of the furniture is made in the UK, which he believes gives the company a real point of difference. Easy to assemble, it is ‘no fuss’ furniture that clips together, so, there are no screws, no plastic, no inserts, no glues and no tools required.  And because it uses solid plywood, the furniture is also extremely durable and long-lasting, allowing it to be repurposed and transformed.

Much of the furniture for York St John University’s London campus was designed and manufactured specifically for the spaces in which it is situated and was the result of a collaborative process between Oliver and the team at the university.

Oliver explains: “It needed to be simple and stylish as well as being versatile and multi-functional as it is regularly moved about to create different spaces and formats for teaching as well as to accommodate different types of events.    

“WISA Multiwall was the perfect solution for this brief and ticked all of the boxes, both for us and the university. It’s an amazing high-quality birch plywood which, as well as looking great, is uniform, stable and robust, and is FSC Certified from sustainable European forests. It is coated on both faces with a tough, decorative polypropylene laminate and the edges are sealed with acrylic resin paint which means no finishing is required.  The material arrives, you machine it and the furniture goes together.

“James Latham were an excellent supplier to deal with, they were extremely professional, dependable, efficient and always on hand to give advice plus we had complete confidence in both theirs and the product’s environmental credentials, which is very important for us and our client.”

Available in a range of seven colours, WISA Multiwall, which is manufactured in Estonia by Finnish company UPM, and is available in the UK through James Latham’s nationwide network of depots. It is suitable for a wide range of demanding applications including structural end uses, plus it also has good UV-resistance, is hygienic and is easy to clean.

As well as 18mm Black, Yellow and White WISA Multiwall, James Latham also supplied FSC Certified, BB/BB Grade birch plywood to Fuzl which was used for the project.

Stephanie Plaster, a member of ATP’s Technical Plywood sales team comments: “It is always great to see our products being used in innovative and original ways. The WISA Multiwall tables and chairs look fantastic and show just what can be created using sustainably sourced high-spec, quality prefinished European birch plywood.”

For full details, swatches and samples contact your local James Latham depot or showroom online.

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