Designers have a plethora of options when specifying interior surface materials, but one stands out among the crowd, despite being an age-old material: veneer. This course will explore the evolution of veneering from ancient times to today and how factory-crafted veneer cabinetry remains a handcrafted art. We will also discuss design options and performance benefits that this sustainable material of choice offers.

Learning Objectives

  • Discuss the history of veneering and how wood veneer has evolved over time.
  • Describe how veneers are manufactured and important terminology you should know before specifying veneers.
  • Explore how to plan and design with veneer, including understanding its benefits, limitations, and applications.
  • Examine the difference between custom millwork and factory-crafted cabinetry, and explore several case studies in which factory-crafted veneered cabinetry was used in modern, luxury residences.

Pre-requisite: Basic knowledge of architectural expanded mesh.