2 weeks ago I attended the PG Bison Road Show where they unveiled new products and colours for 2018. I must say, I was blown away by the colours, textures and quality of the products. A new world of possibilities has opened up for me using Melawood (PG Bison’s Melamine product) and I can’t wait to share it with you.
I will be the first to admit that I have often overlooked using Melawood in projects I have worked on, mostly because the product didn’t appear to look ‘’authentic” or “exclusive” enough. The colour range was limited and there was just so much more I could do with staining timber veneers. Well PG Bison has had a complete style overhaul and the colours and textures which they are now offering are right on trend and suitable for a style-savvy market and consumer. And did I mention it is very budget friendly?! High fives all ’round!
Here are the 4 new ‘ranges’ of colours and textures:
So to get back to basics, what is Melawood? And how does it differ from veneer?
Melamine and veneer are both made of a thin layer that is applied to a core panel such as Supawood (MDF) or chipboard.
The difference between both products actually lies in that thin layer that is applied to the core panel. Melawood is a man-made product where a decor paper is bonded to the board’s surfaces under heat and pressure. The décor paper is printed with a pattern or colour, thus every melamine board has a consistent colouring and grain pattern. Melawood is moisture and stain resistant and very easy to clean.
Wood veneers on the other hand, are made from cutting a very fine layer of timber which is then applied to a core panel. Just as each tree is unique, so are the colours and grain structures of each piece of veneer. Because this material is natural, it can change due to environmental conditions and with age.
In terms of application, Melawood can be used in kitchens, bathrooms, bedrooms and offices in both residential and commercial interiors. Some things that I will be looking at using Melawood for include bulkheads, wall paneling (fabulous cost effective alternative) and furniture items….headboards, tables, even nightstands.
Here are some images from PG Bison showing the versatility of their product. I really encourage you not to look past it next time you are wanting something made, as I certainty wont.
Also take a look at my Instagram page where I have shared some photos I took at the Roadshow, along with my favourite colours.