The ever popular BBC Two makeover show, The Great Interior Design Challenge, tasks contestants to devise interiors for rooms in unusual premises. Holly Village, a collection of Grade II listed Gothic properties in North London, was the setting for a recent episode and the brief given to one amateur designer, Richard Yeomans, was to create a bedroom in a global hotel chic style.
Richard turned to his material of choice, SterlingOSB, to create a facade to cover the existing 150-year-old wardrobes and painted these a somewhat controversial black; he also designed a feature headboard which he painted cerise and stencilled in gold. Richard said,
“I’ve long been a fan of OSB; I love the fact that it’s both natural and man-made. The main thing that drew me to OSB was the texture. In terms of design, I’m very interested in how inexpensive materials can be used in clever ways to create desirable products and spaces. The versatility of OSB makes it perfect. Having used it for several projects in my own home (with a few more planned!), I’ve found that applying different finishes can dress it up or down accordingly. Leaving it plain gives it a great industrial look, whereas with a bit of time and attention, it can look quite luxurious. I’m looking forward to experimenting further to see just how much is possible.”
Richard was brought back as a wildcard in the semi-final of the competition where he used SterlingOSB once again to transform two rooms in a modern Bristol townhouse by creating a second headboard, a triangular ceiling light and useful shoe storage.
SterlingOSB is increasingly finding favour in applications previously dominated by softwood ply. Whereas all ply sold in the UK has to be imported, SterlingOSB is a genuinely home-grown and sustainable product. Furthermore, unlike plywood, there are no knots, cracks or splits in OSB and its strength is consistent literally across the board.
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