Principal of Preservation Works, Rob Wozniak has recently accepted a technical consulting position with Platre Vieujot www.Platre.com in the US. Platre is a French manufacturer of gypsum plaster materials including Stuc Pierre and the sole distributor or LaFarge Naturally Hydraulic Lime (NHL 2.0, 3.5 and 5.0) in the US.
Stuc Pierre has been used for many centuries in France much like Venetian plasters have been used in Italy. Significant buildings such as Versailles and The Louvre have numerous examples of stuc pierre and other stuc products. The material can easily be made to look like limestone and has been used both on interiors and exteriors throughout Paris and other cities of France. Stuc Pierre has been used in NYC for a number of high visibility projects with great success. It is a material which is quickly catching on amongst designers and architects as it offers many qualities of classical architecture.
Platre stands out form its competition as it will develop made to order products for its clients at reasonable prices. Clients can supply us with a sample to be matched or even a description of a finish and Platre develops samples for approval by the client and then supplies the materials mixed and ready to go, along with the technical specifications to support the product.
Additionally, Platre is importing naturally hydraulic lime materials into the US. The offer both NHL and premixed mortars including lime and pigments when required. Such materials will offer a great level of consistency and can be used in historic restoration as well as high end new construction.
Gypsum plasters have some wonderful qualities which are unique to the material. Not that lime or clay plasters are any less interesting or natural or beneficial but in the right situation, particularly when carving and shaping decorative elements or when applying a very thick material which will not shrink, gypsum plasters are uniquely suited for these projects.
For more information contact Rob at: firstname.lastname@example.org