Medium density fibreboard may very well be one of the most prevalent but simultaneously least attention-grabbing materials used in the housing and furniture industry. In most cases, MDF is buried within a sandwiching layer of paint or veneer, carefully concealed from discerning eyes. But, if left up to Thomas Trum, this skin-deep approach would get a well-deserved kick to the curb. Regarding engineered panels the way an artist views a canvas, Trum treats the wood fibres as paint and forms images. The designer dyes the fibres into a variety of colours and then compresses the colourful strands into a solid sheet. But during this step-by-step process, Trum composes distinctive patterns and shapes to craft one-off, tinted panels. Maintaining its practical features, the sheet material gains aesthetic value and fully stands alone in its rightful place: the spotlight.

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