At Milan Design Week 2016, Surfaces Reporter came across a number of high end Kitchen brands showcasing their latest designs with FENIX NTM as Countertop material. However, the material is not limited to kitchens for applications. Here is a sneak peak into the material invented by ARPA Industriale and its diverse application possibilities.
As per the company, FENIX NTM is timeless material, designed to stimulate the creativity of interior designers and industrial designers for their neverending design stories.
FENIX NTM® - a super opaque nanotech material - is an innovative interior design product, created by Arpa Industriale that combines elegant aesthetic solutions with state-of-the-art technological performance. It is suitable for both vertical & horizontal use. The external surface of FENIX NTM involves the use of nanotechnology, characterized by next generation acrylic resins, hardened and fixed with Electron Beam Curing process opening up new avenues in the field of interior design.
With low light reflectivity, its surface is extremely opaque, antifingerprint and features a pleasant soft touch. Thanks to the use of nanotechnologies, FENIX NTM thermally heals any superficial micro-scratches. In addition, FENIX NTM is highly resistant to scratches, abrasion, rubbing and dry heat. It also withstands impacts, acid-based solvents and household detergents. It significantly reduces the bacterial load, making it’s surface hygienic and easy to clean. It is also liquid repellent and mould-proof.
FENIX NTM won the Honourable Mention ADI Compasso d’Oro 2016 in Milan, apart from “Best design material” at Dwell On Design 2014, Los Angeles. Some other awards include, First Prize in Design Category material PREIS 2014, Stuttgart & New product award at Archidex 15 in Kuala Lumpur.
Thanks to its special characteristics, FENIX NTM can be used for both horizontal and vertical surfaces and a very wide range of typical interior design applications, both for home and commercial use viz kitchens, bathrooms, as a material for worktops, coating shutters, doors and walls, for splashbacks; hospitality, healthcare, as well as furnishings and fittings such as tables, bookcases, chairs, partitioning.
It’s surface characteristics make it a high-performance material and, furthermore, it can represent a valid alternative to other materials, such as solid surfaces and glass, with the added advantage of easy workability. Ever since it was launched, FENIX NTM has been a “must” for a large number of companies for their new kitchen and fitting projects, thanks to its innovative and hightech nature. It is not only a functional material satisfying large number of day-to-day demands, but also provides a new language to reveal its unique identity.
Color range includes a choice of classic timeless colors inspired by nature, pearlescent shades with a superb effect on supermatt surfaces and an exclusive selection of materic expressions. The stylistic choice for this material with an evocative surface was inspired by nature itself: warm or cool whites from winter landscapes; intense greys of still waters or the pearlesance of thunderous torrents; magnolia and beige that capture the very essence of the terra; the blue and black of starlit or very dark skies.
HOW TO USE
The Thin version of FENIX NTM must be placed onto a substrate and is similar to HPL laminate panels in terms of workability, without needing any special equipment. Edges can be applied to the material using two different methods: using 1.2mm thick FENIX NTM with polyurethane glue, or using industrial edging systems, with ABS edges or polymer material, either with traditional methods, new laser systems or hot air systems.
FENIX NTM is a semi-finished, long-lasting material for machining, similar to wood. The Solid version is workable with a machining centre/ pantograph and diamond milling, using similar machining methods as for compact HPL.
♦ Low Light Reflectivity. Extremely Matt finish
♦ Anti Fingerprint
♦ Thermal Healing of Microscratches
♦ Resistance to Scratches & Abrasion
♦ Soft touch
♦ Enhanced anti-bacterial properties
♦ Suitable for contact with food
♦ Easy to clean
♦ Mold resistant
♦ Hydro Repellent
♦ Dimensional stability even at high temperature changes
♦ Resistance to impact
♦ Resistance to dry heat
♦ Excellent intensity & colour depth
♦ Rub resistance
♦ High resistance to acid solvents and household reagents
♦ Self supporting (only for 10mm and 12mm)