"If you've ever worked with drywall, if you've ever attempted to cut, hang, tape, or finish the stuff, then chances are that (like me) you've kicked over ladders in a gypsum-encrusted rage, spent minutes bent over the sink attempting to dislodge the tiniest speck of painful, tear-inducing dust, even proclaimed that painting is a veritable symphony of synaptic ecstasy.
Suffice it to say that I'm convinced the drywall skill set is exclusively genetic. Thank the heavens, then, for the recent profusion of new wall finishes. We at 3rings have looked at several of these during the past year (for a refresher, see B and N Iconic Wall Panels, GKD Metal Fabrics, and Romancing the Wall). Today, I'd like to introduce you to the wonders of Bencore's composite translucent panels. As the Italy-based manufacturer of this innovation in modular walls unabashedly admits, the product has become cult material among the lovers of design and innovative architecture, then goes on to inform us that 'translucency, colour, stiffness, beauty and innovative technology are the main features of the Bencore products line.' The panels come in three styles, each of which offer a slightly different look: 'Starlight,' features a honeycombed polycarbonate core sandwiched in acrylic; 'Lightben,' is made of the same materials as Starlight but has a core of vertically oriented tubes for a tighter honeycomb look; and 'Hexaben,' has a core of aluminum mesh shaped into miniature hexagons. Whichever style you chose, you'll find these modular panels are lightweight, structurally rigid, and colorful - a combination that stimulates aesthetic experimentation.
And on that score, the uses of these panels are limited only by your lack of vision. Raised floors, partition walls, and countertops top the list perhaps, but a quick look at Bencore's gallery offers an endless litany of inspiration: display cases, chaise lounges, bookcases, tables, chairs, bed platforms, shower partitions, lamps, vanities, 'faux' ceilings, exterior highlight walls, lounge footbeds, marquees, and on and on.
With Bencore’s composite walls, no matter what your poison, you can make paint it in an ambiance of red, or yellow, or blue, or bronze, or purple, or amber… "