Wooden louvers and slats have been and always will be a treasured design element for interior designers and architects, for a variety of reasons. Their material brings color, warmth, and texture into spaces that are visually ho-hum. Their applications are numerous: façade decoration, sunscreens, blinds, ceilings, installation art.
Wood does come with some downsides—gnarling, wasted product after cutting, the expense of transportation and installation, and the fussiness of its maintenance, just to name a few—that can make specifying this material for louvers and slats prohibitive. Fortina for B+N Industries is a convincing decorative wood alternative unlike anything on the market; virgin aluminum battens and slats are wrapped in a non-PVC film that convincingly and consistently mimics the true tone and texture of wood. It is lightweight, easily customizable, durable, quick to install, effortless to maintain, and, most importantly, beautiful. All these qualities add up to a product that can transform a space without breaking the bank.
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- Perimeter walls
- Screens/Room dividers
- Interior and Exterior
Large Collection of Finishes
Fortina louvers and slats come in over 100 wood-like finishes that look and feel like the real thing. This effect is due to the extremely durable, non-PVC film that wraps Fortina’s aluminum extrusions. What’s more, some of the finishes mimic wood species that are rare to find in the built environment.
Profiles for Every Application
With over 50 profiles to choose from—including round, rectangle, or square shapes in sizes from 15 to 150mm—designers can infuse their projects with dynamism and rhythm. Partitions, sunshades, privacy screens, and even artful installations are all easily realized with Fortina.
Better than Real Wood
When it comes to durability, Fortina effortlessly surpasses real wood. Colors and textures remain like-new for years, even in projects exposed to direct sunlight or in harsh climates. This makes it ideal for both interior and exterior applications.
Fortina louvers are lightweight, incombustible, weather resistant, and quick and cost efficient to install. They can be mounted on walls and ceilings to create visual interest and add extra dimension to a project.
Lightweight interlocking Fortina slats are used on walls and ceilings. The extruded slats come in a wide choice of finishes that coordinate with Fortina louvers. Slats are available with or without a reveal in several widths.
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Thoughts Behind the Design
Fortina can trace its lineage back to an innovation the Japanese printing company Toppan made in the 1970s. Although the company got its start in the early 20th century printing paper money, by the mid-century they had expanded to interior design elements.
The company figured out how to reproduce the look of authentic wood grain on printed materials by buying pieces of timber, slicing them open, and photographing the exposed grain with a process camera. They then would print the images on to adhesive films for near limitless applications. This process improves on natural wood by removing troublesome knots. It is even possible to magnify or rotate the grain.
Toppan wrapped its film finishes around proprietary aluminum battens and slats to create Fortina. The result is a real wood substitute that is consistently beautiful and budget friendly. Fortina dramatically enhances environments with the look and feel of real wood without the complications of wood’s heavy weight, expensive specifications, wasteful extraction, and difficult installation and maintenance.