Case Introduction

The photo below shows the CupNoodles Museum Osaka Ikeda, located in Ikeda City, Osaka Prefecture, which opened in 1999. The museum commemorates Momofuku Ando, the inventor of instant ramen, and showcases the history and production process of instant noodles.

According to information from Wikipedia, the museum underwent renovations during the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020. The interior was extensively outfitted with natural-colored oak multi-layer engineered flooring to create a harmonious and unified decorative style with the museum’s exhibition environment.

As illustrated in the photos, the interior design complements the exhibition theme: the floor features natural oak colors, with shades ranging from light orange-yellow to light yellow-brown, imparting a bright, clean, and elegant feel. The natural color scheme aligns with the food-themed exhibits.

Additionally, the photo shows that the museum experiences high traffic, demanding a higher durability for the flooring.

Flooring and Current Situation

The flooring used in this project is oak engineered flooring in ABC grade, retaining some natural wood defects while presenting a uniform and natural decorative vibe. To fulfill the high-traffic use, the flooring surface is painted with multiple layers of UV lacquer. The thick polymer coating provides advantages such as resistance to wear and scratches, water resistance, and easy maintenance.

Although the thickly coated engineered flooring used in the museum may have a somewhat plastic-like appearance, the overall installation still looks natural. Detailed photos show that, despite years of use, the lacquer finish has only minor scratches and remains intact.

Conclusion

This case study illustrates that product selection should fully consider the application scenario. Engineered flooring with multiple layers of UV lacquer can be suitable for high-traffic commercial environments.

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