Supawood Architectural Lining Systems supplied its lightweight Supaslat Maxi Beam to the Food Xchange in Carringbah, NSW to meet the eatery’s specific requirement for a chunky rustic timber beam product that would not have the physical weight and installation concerns presented by solid timber options.

This project involved the transformation of an old bank building into an upmarket eatery based on a philosophy to provide quality fresh food and a relaxed dining experience. The creative brief given to the designers, Lacoste & Stevenson sought to create a standalone contemporary design while preserving some of the original elements of the building.

Basing their design on a rustic farmyard theme with a modern twist, the designers conceptualised staggered suspended rustic timber beams to create the illusion of rafters in an old barn. Considering the weight factor of solid timbers as well as a potentially time-consuming and difficult installation, designers looked for a suitable lightweight timber beam alternative.

Supaslat Maxi Beam from Supawood successfully overcomes all these issues with its exceptional lightweight, rustic wood grain finishes, and excellent stability over wide spans unlike solid timber. The beams are also easy to work with and quick to install reducing lead time.

The designers used 147 x 50mm size beams featuring a durable and easy-to-clean Supalami Rustic Oak laminate finish. The ceiling has been left open so services above are easy to reach for maintenance. The lighting has been creatively hung from the beams and the timber finish blends perfectly with various elements of the décor.