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Here's a better photo. I don't have any photos of the large panels since I'm traveling at the moment.
post #1682 of 2411
Actually here are photos of the large panels.
post #1683 of 2411
The two panels on the left look like they came from a smaller tree, but that right panel is a head scratcher. I don't know enough about the process to say, but that seam on the left side of the right panel does look a bit in congruent, and could indicate laminations of veneer. And of course it doesn't display the same bookmatching. I don't know...It's hot shit though.
post #1684 of 2411
The floor is cork so it matches the walls in coloring.
post #1685 of 2411
I can't find any reliably labeled photos of burled Japanese maple with bookmatching profiles that are as large as those larger panels. It seems doubtful that's the specimen, unless they're laminating them. Maybe a another variety of maple that grew in Japan. They've probably got others..

Another indication might be the age of the room. You can get much thinner veneers than you used to be able to get even twenty years ago.
post #1686 of 2411
I wonder how much that would all cost today.
post #1687 of 2411
It's hard to say. If you took the plans to a contractor and said "we want this this and this" without having a supplier of the exact wood in mind, most contractors would give you an enormous mark-up because they'd be on the hook to find the stuff, which costs them lots of money to source. Its actual cost of installation would depend entirely on what a supplier could supply you at any given time, which is all over the place depending on other custom orders, especially for foreign wood. The clients that get really fucking overzealous about the specimens and such are ones that will drop whatever a contractor says, so it wouldn't be shocking at all for a contractor to accept a job for a 12 x 12 room like that for $50,000-75,000. Ultimately, the contractor may not even give a shit if they make money because the expertise of construction on a luxurious project like that is a huge boon to their portfolio, so if they've got enough capital to take the job, a contractor may not even blink if they put $100,000 into it and took a loss on the sourcing and installation, but that would be more typical of firms in only the most high end cities where a pool of future clients that want this type of stuff live.
Edited by StephenHero - 9/1/13 at 9:17pm
post #1688 of 2411
Yes, there seems to be a bit of technical knowhow in how these walls were made.

In fact, the panels are removable and are inset into a frame that's made of the same wood. Behind the panels are small crawlspaces and compartments for gas meters, pipes, etc.
post #1689 of 2411
Those are awesome walls. They are burl wood, book matched, but likely book matched only as long as one lot would take them and they moved onto another.

Not sure which wood, but it looks like Mappa burl to me which usually can be had in larger peices and is usually a similar tone and pattern.
post #1690 of 2411
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Originally Posted by LabelKing View Post

Yes, there seems to be a bit of technical knowhow in how these walls were made.

In fact, the panels are removable and are inset into a frame that's made of the same wood. Behind the panels are small crawlspaces and compartments for gas meters, pipes, etc.

Maple studs? $$$$.

I'm picturing some tyrannical Japanese man breathing right behind the contractor's ear during installation. icon_gu_b_slayer[1].gif
post #1691 of 2411
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Edited by SkinnyGoomba - 9/2/13 at 7:15am
post #1692 of 2411
LK,

Here's a really nice sampler of burl veneers from a supplier. One of these might stick out to you as a match.

http://www.heitink.us/product.html
post #1693 of 2411
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I'm picturing some tyrannical Japanese man breathing right behind the contractor's ear during installation. icon_gu_b_slayer[1].gif

post #1694 of 2411
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Even a veneer would cost a lot?

I think there are about 15 panels in total plus smaller ones that are actually invisible hinged cabinets.

Veneer is not cheap, laminate is cheap. Veneer over plywood has been incorporated in the best made furniture for the most discerning clients for hundreds of years.
post #1695 of 2411
It was built for a Panasonic executive for his extra-marital dalliances apparently.

The building I live in was built by Panasonic in the early '90s although the apartment has a slightly '70s aura about it.
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