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Circular Union X Kayu Lapis Indonesia: Forest Colour

The project

The project is a collaboration between Circular Union X Kapu Lapis Indonesia. It strives to support a more mindful consumption of timber and a greater appreciation of the diverse ecology that supports the tropical forests’ ability to thrive into the future.

Circular Union

Circular Union is a multi-disciplinary collective focused on the future of sustainable materials and design. They are based between New York and Maine in the United States.

Kayu Lapis Indonesia

Kayu Lapis Indonesia (KLI) is a reputable organisation with over four decades of experience in Sustainable Forest Management with an Integrated Timber Industry.

 

KLI maintains sustainable growth within its upstream and downstream platforms by harnessing the synergy of their core professional competencies as they produce eco-friendly products for local and international markets. In every step of its operations, KLI is committed to preserving the environment and empowering the people.

 

Establishing Layers of Sustainable Future | Kayu Lapis Indonesia | Corporate Profile (link to PDF download)

Circular Union + Kayu Lapis Indonesia have used native plant species, including indigo, henna, turmeric and mango extract on Kayu Lapis Indonesian Lightweight Plywood. This plywood is a combination of sustainably harvested Meranti and Falcata tropical timber.

 

This experimental project shows how plant dyes create a new alternative to synthetic wood stains and finishes. The exploration of native Indonesian plants for the creation of vibrant, dye colour sources for tropical timber showcases resources that are distinctive to the region and unique to each piece of timber.

Conversations about Climate Change is a specially commissioned design competition, exhibition and event series, providing a platform for urgent climate debates.

 

The TTF through its FLEGT communications program raises awareness of the EU FLEGT Action Plan as a mechanism to eradicate illegal logging and associated illegal timber trading and educational development of tropical timber. Collaborations, partnerships and stakeholder representation are one of the key elements of the work plan and we are proud to be working closely with organisations on such crucial timber and climate common goals.

 

Circular Union X Kayu Lapis were inspired by the Conversations about Climate Change brief but unfortunately missed the deadline for entry. The TTF has worked in collaboration with Kayu Lapis Indonesia on a number of events including the TTF Tropical Timber Webinar in November 2020 and an ‘Indonesia’s timber as a sustainable partner for UK market’ – webinar with the Indonesian Embassy.

Project Information
The project

The project is a collaboration between Circular Union X Kapu Lapis Indonesia. It strives to support a more mindful consumption of timber and a greater appreciation of the diverse ecology that supports the tropical forests’ ability to thrive into the future.

Circular Union

Circular Union is a multi-disciplinary collective focused on the future of sustainable materials and design. They are based between New York and Maine in the United States.

Kayu Lapis Indonesia

Kayu Lapis Indonesia (KLI) is a reputable organisation with over four decades of experience in Sustainable Forest Management with an Integrated Timber Industry.

 

KLI maintains sustainable growth within its upstream and downstream platforms by harnessing the synergy of their core professional competencies as they produce eco-friendly products for local and international markets. In every step of its operations, KLI is committed to preserving the environment and empowering the people.

 

Establishing Layers of Sustainable Future | Kayu Lapis Indonesia | Corporate Profile (link to PDF download)

Species

Circular Union + Kayu Lapis Indonesia have used native plant species, including indigo, henna, turmeric and mango extract on Kayu Lapis Indonesian Lightweight Plywood. This plywood is a combination of sustainably harvested Meranti and Falcata tropical timber.

 

This experimental project shows how plant dyes create a new alternative to synthetic wood stains and finishes. The exploration of native Indonesian plants for the creation of vibrant, dye colour sources for tropical timber showcases resources that are distinctive to the region and unique to each piece of timber.

Connections

Conversations about Climate Change is a specially commissioned design competition, exhibition and event series, providing a platform for urgent climate debates.

 

The TTF through its FLEGT communications program raises awareness of the EU FLEGT Action Plan as a mechanism to eradicate illegal logging and associated illegal timber trading and educational development of tropical timber. Collaborations, partnerships and stakeholder representation are one of the key elements of the work plan and we are proud to be working closely with organisations on such crucial timber and climate common goals.

 

Circular Union X Kayu Lapis were inspired by the Conversations about Climate Change brief but unfortunately missed the deadline for entry. The TTF has worked in collaboration with Kayu Lapis Indonesia on a number of events including the TTF Tropical Timber Webinar in November 2020 and an ‘Indonesia’s timber as a sustainable partner for UK market’ – webinar with the Indonesian Embassy.

Inspired by the Conversations about Climate Change design project and exhibition, Circular Union + Kayu Lapis Indonesia have created a new range of experimental dyes using native plant species including indigo, henna, turmeric and mango extract show on Kayu Lapis Indonesia Lightweight Plywood- which includes a combination of sustainably harvested Meranti and Falcata woods.

 

Kayu Lapis Indonesia FSC certified premium plywood, upholds high standards of traceability, low emissions and sustainable harvest practice. The plywood’s open grain makes the material ideal for dye absorption.

 

The collection includes 25 colours ranging from the dark navy, olive green to bright yellow.

 


 

An exploration of native Indonesian plants used to create vibrant and dye colour sources for tropical timber, Forest Colour, harnesses textile dye techniques to create colours that are distinctive to the region and unique to each piece of timber.

 

This experimental project aims to showcase how plant dyes can create a new alternative to synthetic wood stains and finishes, celebrating both the uniqueness of the wood and wood grain, while showcasing the distinctiveness of local plant life.

 

By creating a limited collection of colours, the project seeks to elevate the richness and importance of diverse plant life within the forestry industry and the true value and rarity of the materials harvested.

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