Nordic Beech floor for historic music hall

The historic Aberdeen Music Hall has been restored and redeveloped by architects BDP. The Category A listed concert hall has been completely refurbished and now includes a performance studio, creative learning space and a café/bar.

Nearly 1,500m2 of our solid Nordic Beech Classic flooring has been fitted as part of the transformation, including in the impressive 1,300 seat auditorium, which now has step-free access to all levels. Nordic Beech with its white pigmented finish offers a light and bright backdrop to the interior and makes the most of the new architectural lighting by reflecting an abundance of light.

By specifying the same floor for much of the building, the various spaces are seamlessly connected by a unifying element. At 140mm wide, Junckers’ signature wide board, long-length floor boards really come into their own in the open spaces and circulation routes, offering a clean and elegant look. Solid beech is amongst the most hard-wearing timbers used for flooring and our pre-finished floors are well-known for their durability.

The flooring contractor was West End Flooring.

Junckers Nordic Beech flooring at Aberdeen Music Hall. Photo: David Barber Photography
Junckers Nordic Beech flooring at Aberdeen Music Hall. Photo: David Barber Photography
Junckers Nordic Beech flooring at Aberdeen Music Hall. Photo: David Barber Photography
Junckers Nordic Beech flooring at Aberdeen Music Hall. Photo: David Barber Photography
Junckers Nordic Beech flooring at Aberdeen Music Hall. Photo: David Barber Photography

Add a bit of colour

In his series of articles highlighting technical issues to do with wood flooring and woodcare, our Technical Manager Richard Aylen explains how wood dyes and colouring processes work

Junckers Rustic Oil in Anthracite Grey adds a deep, dark finish to the wide board flooring in a Danish furniture store

One of the many reasons why beautiful timber floors have been around for so long is that they blend perfectly with many styles of interior. In common with other natural materials, timber may be used next to a wide variety of other colours and textures. The colours that nature provides are very familiar to most of us, but we can create even more choices by using stains, textures and colouring processes.

What options are there if you’re looking for a floor with a coloured finish? It might be a new floor or refurbishment of an old one – there are a few popular choices, each with its own pros and cons.

For refurbishments, a decision must be made if the products to be used will be from one manufacturer that are guaranteed to work together. Alternatively, there is the option to “mix and match” using wood dye from one supplier and lacquer from another. If the latter method is chosen, the flooring contractor needs to guarantee that the products offered are compatible. If in doubt, always do a test area and be aware of the risk that manufacturers sometimes alter formulations… so what works today may not necessarily work tomorrow. The timber species may also affect the result. Some water-based finishes may not perform well on naturally oily tropical hardwoods, but will be perfectly fine on traditional species such as oak and ash.

Let’s look at some of the choices that are available for customers who want to add colour their floors.

Junckers Prelak White primer adds a white wash to a solid hardwood floor

Coloured Primers

These will usually be water-based and used instead of a clear primer. As well as providing the desired colour,  the primer will reduce the “gluing effect” that can occur with water-based finishes. A good, and very popular, example is Junckers Prelak White.

Primers provide an even, transparent “wash” effect and work well on wood that may have a patchy finish if a conventional wood dye is used e.g. maple or beech. Skill and care are needed during application to avoid overlaps, especially on darker, parquet style floors. The primer needs to be over-coated with clear lacquer and it is safest to use a lacquer recommended by the primer manufacturer.

Not strictly a coloured finish; “Invisible” primers and lacquers are fairly new to the UK market. They are used where the final colour of the floor needs to be as close as possible to bare sanded wood. Their “invisibility” works in two ways; one, that they have a very “flat” matt surface which gives the impression that the wood has no coating. Secondly, they change the colour of the wood very little. That said,  these are often normal properties of many water-based primers whether marketed as “invisible or not. Best results are achieved on light coloured timbers as some colour change will be seen when applied to very dark woods.

Wood Dyes

These are low-solids, fast drying products, not to be confused with coloured varnishes or “wood stains”. They must be protected with lacquer. The “rule of thumb” is that if the wood dye is organic solvent-based, a water-based lacquer is most likely to be suitable for overcoating, and vice versa. This must not be fully relied upon though, and a test area should always be done prior to treating the whole floor. Often, the lacquer used to over-coat the dye will be from a different manufacturer.

Dyes are easy to apply using a cloth or pad and it is fairly easy to avoid overlap marks etc. They are fast drying, so the first coat of lacquer or primer can be applied soon after. Bear in mind that stained floors may be difficult to patch repair – especially if the colour has faded over time and may appear patchy on certain types of wood eg maple, beech.

Available in several shades, Junckers Rustic Oils can be applied to any unfinished wooden floor and over coated with a lacquer for durability

Coloured Oils

Oils often produce a uniform colour on beech, maple etc. compared with wood dyes. They tend not to be prone to application issues such as roller stop marks and work well on herringbone and parquet floors. Oil can be used on its own or may be used as a primer and then over-coated with lacquer. Check that the oil is compatible with lacquer – some are not. Junckers Rustic Oils may be used either as a full treatment or over-coated with HP Commercial lacquer. Oils tend to have a longer drying time than a primer or wood dye.

The Effect of Sheen

Many customers will prefer matt finishes on textured and coloured boards as this tends to look more natural, although this is largely a matter of current taste.

Vacuum coloured floor boards

For a very consistent and permanent coloured finish, some types of timber lend themselves well to vacuum staining. Here, the colour of the wood itself is altered by using a chemical or staining process. This affects the board through the majority, if not all its thickness. So when the floor is sanded there is no need to re-apply the colour treatment. Fumed oak, or Black Oak, is perhaps one of the better-known examples of this. Junckers has also used this process on beech to make its Sylvaket boards, and has extended the process further by vacuum staining with water-based wood dyes.

Junckers Black Oak is a solid wood floor that can be sanded and refinished without losing its dark colour. The black stain is drawn deep into the floor board by a specially developed process mimicking nature’s way of darkening timber which has been left in a bog. The floor arrives fully sealed and factory-finished, ready to walk on as soon as it’s installed.

The ever-increasing choice of finishes has led to an increased demand for ‘the perfect shade’, a perfect match to another design element of the interior. It’s always important to assess the use of the floor, estimated foot traffic and maintenance issues before recommending one choice or another – that’s where the expertise of a professional flooring contractor comes in. Our network of Approved Flooring Contractors and Approved Maintenance Contractors might be able to help!

Junckers & Stenhouse Flooring win industry award

Spanish City pleasure dome, a Grade II listed building which has been completely transformed and restored in 2018. It features an incredible domed ceiling in a rotunda, with a large open space and a circular balcony plus three restaurant areas elsewhere in the building – all fitted with Junckers’ Black Oak floor.

We’re absolutely delighted to announce that together with our Approved Contractor Stenhouse Flooring, we have won the 2019 Contract Flooring Journal / Contract Flooring Association Award for ‘Best use of flooring in a visitors attraction’ with our Spanish City pleasure dome project.

An extraordinary project with a complicated flooring installation featuring a concentric dodecagon pattern where the lines of the flooring on the balcony continues in the circular floor on the level below. On the balcony, the mitred boards run from column to column and downstairs from columns on the outer circle, where there is a step down, towards a centre point in the middle fitted with a small section of paler oak (just visible underneath the grand piano in the main image). There are 12 identical sections that form the circle, each segment overhung, angles adjusted to fit perfectly with the previous piece, mirrored in all sections. Every mitre was hand cut and hand routered, grooved with false tongue so the whole floor is connected. Over 2000 cuts in total. On completion a final coat of finishing oil was applied by hand.

The work to approximately nine weeks and required two highly skilled floor layers. The floor is finished with Junckers oil to allow for spot repairs without much downtime and minimal disruption.

Stenhouse Flooring

Junckers Black Oak flooring installed by Stenhouse Flooring at Spanish City. Photo: Andrew Heptinstall
Junckers Black Oak flooring installed by Stenhouse Flooring at Spanish City. Photo: Andrew Heptinstall
Junckers Black Oak flooring installed by Stenhouse Flooring at Spanish City. Photo: Andrew Heptinstall
Junckers Black Oak flooring installed by Stenhouse Flooring at Spanish City. Photo: Andrew Heptinstall
Junckers Black Oak flooring installed by Stenhouse Flooring at Spanish City. Photo: Andrew Heptinstall

Elegant floor for elegant interior

When Metropolis, one of Norway’s leading interior design and interior architecture firms, designed their own offices in central Oslo, the design concept took them on a journey around the world, bringing different cultures, colours, sounds and smells under one roof to create an inspirational, creative working environment.

By dividing the space into different zones, which each have a different feel and purpose – flexible working stations both for teams and individuals; dedicated project and meeting rooms and a more relaxed and informal section which serves as a material library and social area, Metropolis created a workspace which in itself is a ‘tool’ in their creative process.

Our solid Black Oak Herringbone flooring has been installed throughout, an elegant floor for an elegantly designed space. We especially adore the confident pairing of our dark floors with dark walls, continued in the furniture, wall panelling, accessories and more.

Photography: Cathrine Holst / Metropolis

Metropolis

Junckers solid Black Oak Herringbone flooring at the Oslo offices of Metropolis
Junckers solid Black Oak Herringbone flooring at the Oslo offices of Metropolis
Junckers solid Black Oak Herringbone flooring at the Oslo offices of Metropolis
Junckers solid Black Oak Herringbone flooring at the Oslo offices of Metropolis
Junckers solid Black Oak Herringbone flooring at the Oslo offices of Metropolis
Junckers solid Black Oak Herringbone flooring at the Oslo offices of Metropolis
Junckers solid Black Oak Herringbone flooring at the Oslo offices of Metropolis
Junckers solid Black Oak Herringbone flooring at the Oslo offices of Metropolis

Striking circular floor for landmark pleasure dome

This really isn’t something you see every day – a wooden floor installed in a circular pattern, a concentric dodecagon (yes, we had to look it up too!) to be precise. The famous Spanish City in Whitley Bay has undergone major refurbishment works, which includes new solid wood flooring from yours truly. Architects, ADP, brought the seaside pleasure building back to its former glory by carefully restoring the original decorative features in the Grade II listed building.

The works included revealing the magnificent dome in the rotunda by removing a mezzanine floor, restoring the triple height ceiling to create a large, circular space. The grand room required a complimentary floor and the choice fell on our Black Oak, fitted in the aforementioned pattern. Installed by Junckers’ Approved Contractor Stenhouse Flooring, the project features mitred joints which require a high level of skill and experience.

This is an extraordinary project with a very complicated flooring installation. The lines of the concentric dodecagon pattern on the balcony continues in the floor in the circle below (see images). On the balcony, the mitred boards run from column to column and downstairs from columns on the outer circle, where there is a step down, towards a centre point in the middle fitted with a small section of paler oak (just visible underneath the grand piano in the main image). There are 12 identical sections that form the circle, each segment overhung, angles adjusted to fit perfectly with the previous piece, mirrored in all sections. Every mitre was hand cut and hand routered, grooved with false tongue so the whole floor is connected. Over 2000 cuts in total.

The work to approximately nine weeks and required two highly skilled floor layers. The floor is finished with Junckers Oil to allow for spot repairs without much downtime and minimal disruption.

Junckers’ solid wood flooring was also installed in several other areas in the building, which now includes bars, shops, restaurants and a suite of rooms for events, conferences and weddings.

Our thanks to our Approved Contractor Stenhouse Flooring for the detailed information, and a for job well done!

 

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Junckers Black Oak flooring at Spanish City pleasure dome Photo: Andrew Heptinstall

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Junckers Black Oak flooring at Spanish City pleasure dome Photo: Andrew Heptinstall

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Junckers Black Oak flooring at Spanish City pleasure dome Photo: Andrew Heptinstall

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Junckers Black Oak flooring at Spanish City pleasure dome Photo: Andrew Heptinstall

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Junckers Black Oak flooring at Spanish City pleasure dome Photo: Andrew Heptinstall

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Spanish City pleasure dome Photo: Andrew Heptinstall

First Look

Our Approved Contractor Courtcraft is installing over 1500m2 of our SylvaSport Premium over UnoBat 45 in the main sports hall and studios at the new £12M Moray Sports Centre. Built to host national level competitions in badminton, netball and table tennis, the new facility will be able to hold 1000 people and is the only one of its kind in the area.

Video and images courtesy of The Press & Journal newspaper

https://www..co.uk/…/video-first-look-insid…/

Courtcraft

Moray Sports Centre

 

Junckers sports flooring at Moray Sports Centre
Moray Sports Centre main sports hall – Junckers SylvaSport Premium + UnoBat 45 installed by Approved Contractor Courtcraft Image credit The Press & Journal

Junckers sports flooring at Moray Sports Centre
Moray Sports Centre dance studio – Junckers SylvaSport Premium + UnoBat 45 installed by Approved Contractor Courtcraft Image credit The Press & Journal

Junckers celebrates Danish design and craftsmanship

Last week we showed off our Hexparket flooring alongside a whole host of Danish design brands at London Design Fair. The Danish Country Pavilion was initiated by the Embassy of Denmark in London, who curated a real-life Danish Living Room full of furniture, lighting, homeware and sound, with our Hexparket floor forming the backdrop.

Junckers Hexparket at London Design Fair 2018 photo Rocio Chacon low res
Junckers Hexparket solid oak flooring Photo: Rocio Chacon

A celebration of Denmark’s strong tradition of design and craftsmanship, the large stand brought together well-known iconic brands and promising new talent. Thousands of visitors from the global design community came along to discover the room and learn more about the individual companies represented. Styled by the talented women who run Arttiles, Trine Galschiøt and Anette Nørmark, the overall design presented as a cohesive look with elements from many different sources, just like in a real home.

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Junckers Hexparket solid oak flooring Photo: Rocio Chacon

 

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Junckers Hexparket solid oak flooring Photo: Rocio Chacon

Throughout the room, the emphasis was placed on exquisitely crafted pieces, using quality materials. Made in solid wood, the hexagonal design of the Hexparket floor showcases Junckers’ own long-standing tradition for quality and craftsmanship with a contemporary take on the classic parquet floor. The geometric shapes of the large hexagonal staves combined with the structural grain patterns of the timber contrast beautifully.

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Junckers Hexparket solid oak flooring Photo: Rocio Chacon

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Junckers Hexparket solid oak flooring Photo: Rocio Chacon

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Junckers Hexparket solid oak flooring Photo: Rocio Chacon

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Junckers Hexparket solid oak flooring Photo: Rocio Chacon

Danish design brands represented in the Danish Living Room included:
Arttiles – handmade tiles
BoConcept – furniture
Dottir Nordic Design – ceramics
Danish Fuel – bar cabinets made from fuel cans
Eberhart – furniture
Libratone – sound
LOP – furniture
Made by Toft – furniture & home accessories
Mobel og Rum – homewares
Morso – wood burning stoves
Noorstad – furniture
Overgaard & Dyrman – furniture
Republic of Fritz Hansen – furniture
Spekva – furniture
Tom Rossau – lighting
Warm Nordic – furniture

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Junckers Hexparket solid oak flooring Photo: Rocio Chacon

Hexparket by CarpEnter Cph & Hartmann. Hexagonal staves made in solid oak are laid to form an intricate design mimicking nature’s own geometric pattern based on equilateral triangles. The staves measure 370mm on all sides by 20.5mm thick, with an untreated surface to be finished on site. The natural grain structure of the timber adds texture and interest resulting in a lively, elegant floor.

For more information or to see a sample, please contact us sales@junckers.co.uk

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Introducing Twin Herringbone – a new parquet floor

Traditionally found in castles and stately homes, solid wood floors laid in geometric patterns evoke a sense of a timeless elegance and style. In the last decade, parquet floors have seen a sharp rise in popularity and today a herringbone (or chevron, basket weave or ladder pattern) floor is almost de rigueur, the floor of choice for hotels, bars, restaurants, retail and office spaces as well as private homes.

Herringbone, which is the most popular parquet floor, is made up of rectangular wood blocks, or staves, arranged in a pattern resembling fish bones. Junckers’ new Twin Herringbone wooden floor is an updated version of this much-loved classic. With Junckers’ trademark commitment to quality and craftsmanship, Twin Herringbone is a solid hardwood floor – as durable and long-lasting as a traditional parquet floor.

Made from Junckers’ classic two-stave flooring, each board consists of two rows of staves; one full-length and one with two half-length staves. This gives Twin Herringbone an authentic pattern and elegant look but at a very good price point. Delivered with a hardwearing factory-finished surface ready to walk on as soon as it is installed, Twin Herringbone has the advantage of saving on costly and time-consuming installation work as the floor does not have to be sanded, filled and treated after being fitted. A pre-finished floor is far superior in terms of durability with optimal wear resistance and a uniform appearance. It also has a significantly shorter installation time compared to an unfinished floor, with minimal inconvenience.

Available in solid Ash, Beech, Oak and Black Oak in a choice of matt or silkmatt lacquer or oil, as well as a large selection of colours. Each stave measures 129mm wide x 516.6mm long x 14 or 22mm thick. Ideal for use in all rooms of the house except bathrooms and can be used with all major underfloor heating systems. Twin Herringbone feels warm and solid underfoot, free from gaps or crevices.

For more information and samples, please contact us on 01376 534 700 or by email sales@junckers.co.uk

 

Junckers Twin Herringbone Nordic Oak floor (above wood table) photo Rocio Chacon low res
Junckers Twin Herringbone flooring in Nordic Oak Photo: Rocio Chacon

Junckers Twin Herringbone Nordic Oak floor (living room) photo Rocio Chacon low res
Junckers Twin Herringbone flooring in Nordic Oak Photo: Rocio Chacon

Junckers Twin Herringbone Nordic Oak floor (bedroom 2) photo Rocio Chacon low res
Junckers Twin Herringbone flooring in Nordic Oak Photo: Rocio Chacon

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Junckers Twin Herringbone flooring in Nordic Oak Photo: Rocio Chacon

Junckers Twin Herringbone Nordic Oak floor (kitchen 2) photo Rocio Chacon low res
Junckers Twin Herringbone flooring in Nordic Oak Photo: Rocio Chacon

Junckers Twin Herringbone Nordic Oak floor (above black table) photo Rocio Chacon low res
Junckers Twin Herringbone flooring in Nordic Oak Photo: Rocio Chacon

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Junckers Twin Herringbone flooring in Nordic Oak Photo: Rocio Chacon

Rustic White Oak Boulevard

A white solid oak floor with wide board, long-length planks adds a bright, space-enhancing backdrop to an interior, making the most of natural light by reflecting it back into the room. At 185mm wide, Oak Boulevard is our widest floor board, made in solid oak, through and through.

Rustic White is an oil which allows the naturally occurring grain pattern of the timber to show through, leaving a natural look. The oil has a completely matt finish and it can be over-coated with Junckers’ Ultramatt lacquer for an even more durable surface, to protect against scuffs and spills.

 

700m2 Rustic White Oak Boulevard was recently installed in three of the luxurious apartments at The Silo, a prestigious development in Nordhavn, Copenhagen. We think the images speak for themselves, don’t you?

Architects: COBE

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Junckers Rustic White Oak Boulevard

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Junckers Rustic White Oak Boulevard at The Silo

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Junckers Rustic White Oak Boulevard at The Silo

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Junckers Rustic White Oak Boulevard at The Silo

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Junckers Rustic White Oak Boulevard at The Silo

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Junckers Rustic White Oak Boulevard at The Silo

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Junckers Rustic White Oak Boulevard at The Silo

 

 

 

Dunfermline Carnegie Library & Galleries

The Carnegie Library & Galleries in Dunfermline designed by Richard Murphy Architects features over 700m2 of Junckers solid oak flooring. The original library building and an adjacent former bank, both grade B listed, have been extended and integrated to form a spectacular, multi award-winning space. A new museum, gallery space, café, shop and reading rooms are linked to the original library building by an ‘internal street’ connecting new and existing spaces.

To provide a continuous backdrop as well as visually and aesthetically link the old and new parts, our 15mm Wide Board Oak finished in Ultramatt lacquer was specified throughout the building. The attractive grain pattern of the timber adds a natural element to the interior, which is flooded with natural light. Our solid wood flooring offers a durable surface even for high traffic areas. Pre-finished in a choice of hard-wearing, long-lasting lacquers and oils from our own professional range of finishing products, a Junckers floor is easy to install and maintain will last a lifetime with the right care. Particularly popular with architects and designers, our signature long-length plank flooring really comes into its own in a large open space.

The flooring contractor was Junckers’ Approved Contractor GL Floors.

 

Dunfermline Carnegie Library & Galleries

 

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Junckers solid oak flooring at Dunfermline Carnegie Library & Galleries

Carnegie Library and Galleries, Dunfermline
Junckers solid oak flooring at Dunfermline Carnegie Library & Galleries

Carnegie Library and Galleries, Dunfermline
Junckers solid oak flooring at Dunfermline Carnegie Library & Galleries

Carnegie Library and Galleries, Dunfermline
Junckers solid oak flooring at Dunfermline Carnegie Library & Galleries

Carnegie Library and Galleries, Dunfermline
Junckers solid oak flooring at Dunfermline Carnegie Library & Galleries

Carnegie Library and Galleries, Dunfermline
Junckers solid oak flooring at Dunfermline Carnegie Library & Galleries