When I heard that I had to design a lift cabin, I was overjoyed! I had to create a beautiful elevator, but there was an unusual request: the cabin size was only 1 square meter. I could hardly believe it, almost spilling my coffee. I already envisioned myself on the cover of a design magazine with the headline "How to Decorate a Lift Cabin When Space is Limited?".
But I never give up in the face of challenges! We decided to use porcelain stoneware for the floor - it's stylish, durable, and most importantly, lighter than natural stone. But what about the rest of the finishes? We wanted something unconventional that would reflect the individuality of our client. However, the weight of the elevator was already near its limit, so we had to think about how to maintain the design without exceeding the load capacity.
In the end, we chose lightweight materials such as HPL plastic and laminated glass. We created decorative overlays with photo printing and mirrored panels with sandblasted printing. When our client saw our work, he was so pleased that he even forgot that he needed to reach the 5th floor.
So, my friends, don't give up when faced with unconventional tasks. There is always a solution, even if it means using HPL plastic with a peacock pattern to cover the elevator!
The challenge of this project was that the 1x1 m elevator cabin with a load capacity of 350 kg had already been purchased, leaving only 100 kg for individual finishes. We came up with the idea of applying decorative overlays made of laminated glass with a photo-printed diamond mesh pattern and a peacock design in a grid on two sides, and placing a sandblasted printed mirror in the center. However, we exceeded the weight limit. Therefore, the mirror panel remained as laminated glass, while the side panels with photo printing were designed using HPL plastic. The finishing materials used in the elevator cabin had to meet fire resistance requirements.
The peacock design for the panel was carefully chosen, as each concept had to have its own idea. This elevator concept was named "The Jewel Box."
The weight of the 4+4 laminated glass panel (1.1x2.1 m) is 46.2 kg. The weight of the 10 mm HPL side panels (0.89x2.1 m) is 54.2 kg each (2 panels). The weight of the laminated glass side panels (4+4) is 74.76 kg each (2 panels).