Europe’s largest manufacturer of wood-based decorative panels and laminates has unveiled its biggest-ever portfolio of decors for the KBB industry.

The 2017-2019 UK & Ireland Furniture Manufacturing Collection features 170 predominantly MFC decors, 114 of them with matching laminates available from stock. There are 44 new designs and two new textures. 

Headboard H1122 ST22 Whitewood, bedside table U999 ST38 Black

But right across the product range, unicolours are becoming a dominant force in the KBB and furniture sector. Neutral decors such as white and increasingly grey, in both cool or warmer tones, are widely represented – with new on-trend blue tones now available in a range of shades.

A move to the ST9 texture across the standard unicolour range offers better matching with neutral combinations, while the use of new ST27 textured unicolours give a modern, timeless look in shades such as U201 Pebble Grey and U636 Fjord Green.

U636 ST27 Fjord Green

Centrepiece of the new collection is an expanded range of 16 Feelwood decors with industry-leading deep textures and synchronised pore finishes.

With premium Feelwood decors, the pattern perfectly matches the texture to produce incredibly lifelike woodgrain reproductions that are warm, tactile and visually indistinguishable from the real thing.

H3406 ST38 Anthracite Mountain Larch

his is clearly demonstrated in two new ST38 synchronised pore boards White Mountain Larch and Anthracite Mountain Larch – and a new bespoke three layer edging that can wrap around all four sides adds even more intrinsic value.

One decor direction Elliott predicts as being particularly strong over the next few years is ‘handcrafted’ style oaks that continue Egger’s quest to produce woodgrain reproductions that are warm, tactile and visually indistinguishable from the real thing.  

Perspective U999 ST12

A new ST12 wood pore texture, meanwhile, enhances traditional woodgrains and works well in mid-market applications.

As well as updating the appeal of traditional woodgrains by bringing new life to classic species, Egger has introduced both dark exotic woodgrains in new colours as well as Nordic-inspired light and whitewashed timbers.  When used in combination with grey or blue unicolours these perfectly capture the popular Scandinavian vibe.

H1123 ST22 Graphitewood

There is also a nod to the growing monochrome trend, with ST38 in black and white giving the look and feel of a fashionable, modern and high-value painted ash. 

Another cool, trend-driven look is available with the expanded PerfectSense range of 23 matt and gloss boards, featuring a super smooth core of MDF and now with the same colour palette for both. These new premium finishes offer something a little different – from the silkiness of matt to the extreme opposite, yet equally luxurious, gloss.

In line with Egger’s ‘everything from a single source’ mantra, significant investment has been made in accessories such as edging.

PerfectSense now comes with edging in 1mm ABS or 1.3mm PMMA, with MFC using 0.8 or 2mm.  The company is promoting the use of contrast edging, with its new 13 ‘accent edges’ being used as a design feature – and a multiplex edge with a black core, giving a plywood effect, being one to watch.

Multiplex accent edge H8955 with U708

Edging is specifically matched in terms of design, texture and gloss level.  In addition to being available in a variety of thicknesses and width from stock, a new cut-to-width edging service has been introduced along with a handy configurator on the website.

Launching the new range at a special event in Hexham, Egger’s head of décor development Elliott Fairlie comments:

“Not only is this our most comprehensive range ever, the new collection brings together all of the latest trends in furniture design and manufacture to provide coordination and choice never before seen."

“We captured the latest design ideas from across Europe with woodgrain, unicolour, textile, metallic, concrete and ceramic décor effects – all designed to work individually or in combination. And seen for the first time is a new F426 ST10 Grey Linen texture that we believe is a winner.

F426 ST10 Grey Linen

“Through listening to our customers, we have refined our product range to make it even more user-friendly.  We have moved from a five year collection to three years, more products are available from stock and making half packs of our premium MFC available at no extra charge encourages creativity.

“We have also completely rebuilt our website with a number of new features, launched an Egger Collection App for iOS and Android and are using channels such as Pinterest or our own Trendcast videos on the website and YouTube to help customers come up with innovative ways of using some of our extensive range of new decors.”

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