Corelam™ is a unique wood product that uses less material to deliver equal (or greater) strength than typical plywood products of the same dimensions. The added stability comes from corrugation, which has been used for over a hundred years with metal and plastic, but has yet to be successfully applied to wood. Until now.
Its undulating form is the result of research and development by Christian Blyt, a Canadian industrial designer and professor at Vancouver's Emily Carr University of Art + Design. It grew from a concept he first explored while pursuing his graduate degree in Finland. He wanted to do something interesting with the most common of building materials: plywood. He was curious to find out if wood could be corrugated so he made a little press to test out his ideas. By his own admission, the first attempts were failures and he threw the results in a trash bin. Luckily, a jewelry designer asked if she could try to make something with the salvaged pieces. The pendants and earrings she created enabled Christian to imagine the potential for a strong and beautiful material.
Jump ahead fifteen years and this award-winning product now allows for a range of possibilities from sound walls to ceiling systems and is available as an FSC product, which when used provides an asset in the LEED™ certification process. Its acoustic and aesthetic properties are well matched with sustainable values that are realized in the absence of formaldehyde and volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions.
By creating more with less, Corelam™ suggests that we can address the future of renewable wood resources in a way that is practical, viable, innovative and beautiful.
For further technical specifications, visit the Corelam™ site.
Photos courtesy of Corelam™ team