Our daily surroundings have the ability to make a hugely positive difference to our daily lives and wellbeing and, over time, they become part of our personal history, legacy and life story.
It makes sense then, to ensure the furniture we introduce into our lives is the best it can be, and one of the essential elements of ensuring quality (in terms of both style and practicality) is the choice of materials.
Throughout ancient history until our modern era, every civilisation in the world has used wood to create useful and beautiful objects. It offers a unique combination of timeless, aesthetic appeal and peerless structural integrity and so has long been regarded as an optimal making-material.
But why choose wood over the abundance of modern materials available? We consider why certified timber will always be our material of choice…
A sustainable resource
When responsibly sourced and certified, wood is an ecologically sound way of furnishing a home with a renewable building material.
All our timber is FSC or PEFC certified; both organisations promote the dedicated management of the world’s forests to ensure their ongoing future. We use Accoya for furniture doors, frames and painted joinery. This modified timber sourced from fast-growing, abundantly available certified wood species resists rot, defies the elements and stays strong for decades. As the leading, long-life sustainable wood with a 50-year guarantee, its durability and dimensional stability dramatically reduces its environmental impact.
Alongside this, we use birch ply for our custom-made kitchen cabinetry; this fine-textured and dense timber renowned for its excellent strength and durability ensures your cabinetry is strong enough to last a lifetime.
What’s more, the carbon footprint that results from the production and processing of wood for sustainably sourced furniture is drastically lower than that for other building materials – in fact, it has the lowest embodied energy of any mainstream building material. And with up to 50% of the dry weight of wood being carbon, wood furniture also has the capacity to store carbon, something that’s crucial in the fight against climate change. Finally, it can be used bio-fuel at the end of its product life, completing a circular life-cycle.
Wood is a long-lasting and robust material with innate stability and reliability.
As a building material wood can support its own weight better than most materials, its tensile strength (its ability to bend under pressure without breaking) is excellent which allows for larger spaces and fewer supports in designs.
It is hard-wearing and can withstand daily use and abuse, whether it’s spills in the kitchen, scratches in the dining room or scuffs in the living room; the natural thermal and acoustic insulation properties of wood are also outstanding, due to its cellular structure.
This durability ensures that wooden furniture offers sound value for money by removing the need for regular replacement of worn-out pieces, as well as being a low maintenance option (waxing, polishing or oiling only needs to be carried out occasionally).
Wooden furniture can blend seamlessly with any design scheme; it’s broad aesthetic appeal effortlessly complements its surroundings.
Wooden furniture grants you a subtle, biophilic adaptability that welcomes the outside in and connects us with the inherent versatility of the natural world; it flexibility, timeless appeal and refusal (over the generations) to be pigeon-holed into one genre of design allows it to introduce warmth and inimitable style to absolutely any setting, in a way few other materials can emulate.
It also brings with it the flexibility to adapt to your design scheme as a material that responds well to alterations. Sanding, painting or staining can all introduce a new aesthetic to a piece of wooden furniture, evolving with the style of your home.
It is recognised that as a material wood has measurable physiological and psychological health benefits; we are generally happier and calmer in spaces containing natural materials.
Wood furniture offers timeless beauty. When crafted by a skilled craftsman, there is boundless potential for design innovation within wooden furniture and the tactile nature of solid wood brings an inimitable warmth and character to a space.
It is a natural material that allows an extensive amount of instinctive, creative freedom and can inspire design direction in itself, with each piece of timber imbued with its own textural history and character connecting us to the inimitable beauty of the natural world.Back to blog