Lathams all set for Surface Design Show 2015

The UK’s biggest independent decorative panel distributor, James Latham, is all set for Surface Design Show 2015 (10th-12th February) where it will unveil a number of exciting new products which are certain to create plenty of interest among visiting Architects and Interior Designers. The innovative surfaces on show at James Latham’s stand (number: 206) will include:


HI-MACS® solid surface is a highly versatile and extremely durable material which can be easily machined and thermoformed to almost any 3D-shape imaginable, offering endless design possibilities and producing a surface that is flowing, functional and visually seamless.


One of the major attractions of this innovative material is the extensive choice of colours on offer. There are almost 100 in the portfolio and it is supplied in thicknesses of 12mm, 9mm and 6mm. Plus, the range now also includes 22 designs of sinks – available in over 60 colours.


Architects and interior designers will also be keen to know that the full range of HI-MACS® colours is now available for download in CAD software-compatible format by clicking on

Natural Touch

Part of the highly popular Kronodesign range, Natural Touch is the first ‘embossed-in-register’ melamine board where the grain texture precisely matches the surface finish. Now, the authentic look and feel of real timber – the graining, the subtle variations of shade and tone – is accessible on almost any project.


Natural Touch is pre-finished, extremely durable, easy to work with and offers consistency in both colour and grain. This means that architects, interior designers, contractors and furniture makers can now achieve an authentic rustic realism using melamine.

With Natural Touch, the applications are almost limitless. It can be used for cladding walls, building furniture, creating fixtures as well as making striking punctuations to spaces and surfaces and the versatility of this product has made it particularly popular within the shop fitting and hospitality sectors.

Shinnoki 2.0

Shinnoki 2.0 is a range of ready to use veneered panels that are supplied already stained and lacquered, requiring no further finishing.


With Shinnoki 2.0, the veneer is applied to an MDF base, rendering the panels sturdy and easy to use. In addition, the panels are produced in both a single or double sided finish, with the first having a melamine faced-reverse.
Veneers are mismatched, but stained and textured to create a consistent finish that shows the natural aspects and beauty of the species.


The extensive Shinnoki 2.0 range is supplied in designs which are completely in tune with current design trends and includes matching real wood and ABS edge banding. The 17 designs are also supplied in separate 3-ply veneer sheets, perfect for curved surfaces, doors or other interior requirements.

A revolutionary new wood material that offers extraordinary design possibilities, Luminoso are wood panels that transmit light, allowing designers to create visually stunning effects that are exceptionally unique.



The transparent wood effect is achieved with fibre optics that allow natural or artificial light to be transmitted. When the panel is unlit it appears to be a solid piece of wood as the fibre optics are only visible upon very close inspection but once illuminated, all kinds of impactful and eye-catching effects can be achieved.


Customised designs, logos and images can be incorporated and even ‘movable’ images, such as programmable messages can be transmitted.


A totally original and award winning product, Valchromat is a coloured engineered fibreboard in which the colour runs throughout the entire board.


Exclusive to James Latham, it’s already proving popular within the UK shop fitting and furniture making sectors offering a total of 11 bold and impactful colours including Grey, Black, Red, Orange, Yellow, Blue and Green.


Valchromat offers almost limitless decorative applications. Plus, as well as the interior design and furniture making sectors, it’s also proving to be popular option in the children’s sector for both toys and furniture, having been approved by the British Standards Association.


James Latham will be showing a number of new additions to its already extensive range of Egger decors. With the growing popularity of textured wood grain frontals and panels, six new textures have been added to its market leading ZOOM collection.



Three use Egger’s synchronised pore effect, a revolutionary concept which ties the decor and the surface texture together on both sides of the board creating a deeper and more natural texture and giving a look and feel that is almost exactly like solid wood or veneer. Plus, they also have the added advantages of colour consistency over the lifetime of the furniture as well as being hard-wearing and low-maintenance.

Décor Eco

Décor Eco is a range of coloured plywood panels available in six eye-catching and vibrant colours. Each panel is made from tough Finnish Birch Plywood that has been coated on both sides with a translucent, tinted lacquer to produce a hardwearing, crack resistant and durable material.


The surface of Décor Eco has also been overlaid with a protective transparent melamine film, giving it a smooth and superior finish, making it an ideal option for the joinery and furniture making sectors.

As well as joinery and furniture making, this innovative, pre-finished decorative birch plywood can be used for a wide range of interior applications including: shopfitting, POS, displays, exhibition stands, interior wall panels, shelving, kitchens and bespoke interior design.

Accoya® LathamCLAD

Created from sustainably sourced wood and completely non-toxic, Accoya®LathamCLAD is a modified, highly durable and dimensionally stable certified timber cladding.


And with the 15mm profile having recently received TRADA approval for use as an external cladding product, it’s the perfect solution for exterior cladding, siding and façades where the wider board offers numerous features and benefits including enhanced aesthetics, less frequent maintenance and improved insulation values.



Plus, with a 50-year guarantee when used externally and 25-years when used in the ground, Accoya®LathamCLAD’s low maintenance requirements add to its ‘whole life’ cost effectiveness and environmental credentials and this versatility makes it ideal for use in residential, commercial and industrial applications.

UPM Profi Deck;

Available in eight fresh and modern colours UPM ProFi Deck allows you to bring style to outdoor living and once created, your design will continue to look great through the years, requiring minimal maintenance.



UPM ProFi Deck sets new standards in colour durability. Plus, it’s extremely environmentally friendly too, the materials used to make it are specially selected from the by-products of other industrial processes, which would otherwise be disposed of in landfill or incineration.



UPM ProFi’s stone like surface is non-porous so unlike with wood and many other composite decking, wine, oil and other liquid spills are not readily absorbed and can be easily cleaned.


Chris Sutton, Managing Director of James Latham commented, “We are really looking forward to this year’s Surface Design Show as it’s a great platform for us to meet with the most forward thinking architects and designers in the industry.

“We have a history and expertise in bringing new and innovative products to the UK market and I’m certain that these latest additions will have a big impact within the A&D sector.”

For more information on Latham’s full range of surface materials: phone 0116 257 3415, e-mail or visit

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