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Arkema’s PVDF Latex-based Coating Helped Showcase Award-winning Mural at AIA Show

Published on 2016-05-24. Author : SpecialChem

Kynar Aquatec® PVDF latex is making a strong contribution to achieving the high-reflectivity and aesthetic goals for the bright-white Acrymax® coating used inside the display cabinet to showcase the recently announced winner of the global 2016 Design ‘N Gather mosaic tile design competition. The winning mural as well as the design gallery of the top ten finalists were displayed at select locations during the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Convention,

Fig. 1: Kynar Aquatec® emulsions have long been used
in cool-roof applications for their ability to keep
white coatings whiter by nature of their
resistance to dirt pickup, mold and mildew
resistance, and exceptional weathering.

The 2016 global Design ‘N Gather competition, sponsored by Artaic Innovative Mosaic and Bostik, Inc., is a unique contest for which top architectural designers have submitted one-of-a-kind mosaic glass-tile mural designs as a 20-foot-long by 8-foot-wide backlit feature wall. All submissions were designed using Artaic’s Tessera™ design software and produced using Artaic’s robotic manufacturing technology. As the final design element, submissions included Bostik’s Dimension™ translucent glass-filled grout, which is available in 15 designer colors and can be backlit as well. Through narrative and design, all the mosaic murals depicted the energy, life and essence of Las Vegas, NV, which was the theme for this year’s competition.

A full-scale production of the winning mural, as well as a gallery of designs from the top ten finalists, was unveiled earlier this month at the 2016 Hospitality Design Exposition & Conference in Las Vegas. To best spotlight the winning one-of-a-kind glass-tile mosaic masterpiece, the interior of the cabinet received a coat of Acrymax® PC 125, a direct-to-metal primer, followed by two coats of a bright-white Kynar Aquatec®-based Acrymax® AF-5500 topcoat. This system was designed to provide high reflectivity and color stability of the interior backlit wall.

About Arkema

A designer of materials and innovative solutions, Arkema shapes materials and creates new uses that accelerate customer performance. Its balanced business portfolio spans high-performance materials, industrial specialties and coating solutions. Its globally recognized brands are ranked among the leaders in the markets it serves. Reporting annual sales of €7.7 billion in 2015, it employs approximately 19,000 people worldwide and operates in close to 50 countries.

Source: Arkema

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