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Wednesday, 29 May 2019 16:33

ATELIER PASSE PARTOUT WINS NWFA WOOD FLOOR OF THE YEAR AWARD

  1. ST. LOUIS, May 10, 2019-The National Wood Flooring Association (NWFA ) is pleased to announce that Atelier Passe Partout. Mechelen, Belgium, won the Best Parquetry/lnlay Application category in the NWFA's 2019 Wood Floor of the Year contest. The announcement was made on Thursday, May 2 during the Awards Ceremony at the NWFA Expo in Fort Worth, Texas.

Parquet in marquetry and inlay

Atelier Passe Partout won the “Wood Floor of the Year 2019 - Best marquetry/Inlay application” award from the National Wood Flooring Association, USA. The winning parquet floor was both designed and executed by Filip Redant.

Although the parquet only measures 240cm x 240cm, it contains 22 different types of wood and also brass strips. Many of those types of wood, e.g. Flamed Maple, Flamed Ash, Ebony, Mahogany, Rosewood etc., are also used in the construction of musical instruments. Some, such as Rio-Rosewood, Cuba-Mahogany, White Ebony, Snakewood, Rosewood etc., are on the CITES list (a list of protected animals and plant species) which means that they can not longer be exported. However existing stocks can still be used. For over 30 years Atelier Passe Partout has had a policy of acquiring exceptional pieces of wood. Thanks to that it still owns a considerable stock. Apart from these very exclusive types of wood, many “common” types of wood were used, e.g. Teak, native Walnut, American and Brazilian Walnut (Imbua), Cherry, Plane Tree, Satin Wood etc. In this piece of art, the most beautiful and rare types of wood (unfortunately also the most expensive) from all over the world meet each other. This parquet floor is designed as a removable (and thus movable) whole. The pieces of precious wood that make up the design are 9 mm thick and were glued and nailed on a birch plywood of 14 mm.

Each single piece of the design was handcrafted. Neither CNC, nor laser were used. Hence no two pieces are exactly the same. This aspect, together with the use of the rare types of wood, sets it apart from the industrially made parquet roses.

After assembling all the parts, the entire panel has been sanded and finished off with oil and an extra layer of wax. Visitors will be able to see the panel at several events where this first rate artisanal company Passe Partout will be present. Amongst others it will be present at the prestigious Yachting Festival in Cannes (France), the world’s biggest yachting fair (September 10-15).

The Wood Floor of the Year Awards were developed to encourage and recognize innovative craftsmanship and design in wood flooring installations. Since the program began in 1990, more than 200 awards have been presented to NWFA member companies throughout the United States and Canada, as well as in Russia, Belgium, and Finland.

This year's Wood Floor of the Year Contest yietded 65 entries. All entries in the competition featured flooring installations completed between January and December 2018. A panel of judges comprised of technica! advisory committee members and industry leaders evaluated the individual categories. The NWFA membership voted on all entries to recognize the Members' Choice winner.

For more information about the annual Wood Floor of the Year awards, please visit www.nwfa.org/wfoy.

The National Wood Flooring Association is a not-for-profit trade organization, with more than 3,200 member companies worldwide, dedicated to educating consumers, architects, designers, specifiers and builders in the uses and benefits of wood flooring. NWFA members receive the best in educational training, benefits, technica! resources and networking, to advance their professionalism and success. The NWFA is located at 111 Chesterfield lndustrial Boulevard, Chesterfield, MO 63005, and can be contacted at 800.422.4556
(USA & Canada), 636.519.9663 (local and international), or online at www.nwfa.org.

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