For a renovation project at American Flatbread in Middlebury, we used 3Form panels with LED lights on the soffit over the bar, the lights suspended over the bar area and the host station.
3Form manufactures translucent resin panels for constructing walls, dividers, sliding doors, and other architectural features. Their product contains 40% recycled materials and can be highly customized to encapsulate color, organic materials, sheer textiles and embossed textures.
In the factory, located in Salt Lake City, UT, the manufacturer sandwiches layers of materials to achieve the desired colors and luminosity. When delivered, 3Form panels are rigid like Plexiglas and can be dimensioned with a table saw or CNC machine.
3Form offers a number of different types of light diffusion panels that can be incorporated in the layering of color, texture, graphics or pretty much whatever you can imagine.
A recent project for American Flatbread in Middlebury, Vt., gave us the opportunity to use Valchromat in some new and interesting ways. This composite wood product from Portugal is made from FSC-certified wood waste, blended with specially formulated resins and organic dyes.
Valchromat has some appealing advantages over similar products. It is moisture and UV resistant, non-toxic and 30% stronger than standard MDF. Vachromat is available in 10 standard colors and all can take a variety of finishes, including oil, wax, lacquers, varnish and paint.
At American Flatbread, we used Valchromat for the framework of a number of custom light fixtures as well as barn sash, host station, service area cabinets, back bar cabinets and bar face. Most of the wood surfaces in the dining room and bar area are either recycled barn board or locally sourced hardwood. The Valchromat introduced a splash of color that’s playful and contemporary.
We have also used Valchromat for kitchen cabinetry, vanities and custom furniture. When used on its own, the finished products have clean lines and a contemporary look. Valchromat is also very attractive when combined with the color and grain patterns of natural wood.
American Flatbread opened its Middlebury bakery and restaurant in the Marble Works District, in 2002. This spring, Stark Mountain helped the owners undertake a significant renovation to reconfigure the entrance area and expand the bar.
The new U-shaped bar seats 18. It has a 2¼” solid wood top made from locally sourced woods including cherry, beech, hickory, white oak, quilted maple and some very old Vermont walnut. On the face of the bar we used Valchromat to make the frames that surround panels of smooth-sanded, reclaimed barn board. LED down lighting illuminates the panels and gives the bar a welcoming glow.
Above the bar is a lighted soffit, designed to help define the area and provide more intimate lighting. The soffit was built to mimic the steel framework found throughout the space. It is illuminated by backlit 3Form panels. We also designed 11 pendant lights that are suspended from the soffit. They were made with Valchromat and light diffusing panels from 3Form. The new host station also has a back-lit panel from 3Form.
By expanding the bar area, American Flatbread has been able to double their offering of local beers and will soon be offering a full range of local spirits. A popular local restaurant reimagined.