Veneer: versatile appearance – versatile applications

Poto: IFN, Roser AG, Gehri AG

Veneer is one of the oldest means of decoration for high-quality surfaces. In ancient Egypt, inexpensive substrate timbers were covered with thin layers of select high-grade wood; at that time, particularly bird’s eye maple. The various tree species produce highly differentiated veneer patterns, which sometimes even vary greatly within one species. And they even have stories to tell.

Wooden floors: rustic surfaces thanks to new techniques and materials

The times when wooden boards were simply nailed to the floor and then called it wooden floors are long gone. The choice of the right wooden floor is almost a philosophical question nowadays. That is why it is worth it to have a look at new materials, trends and techniques. It probably also comes with age that one really understands the value of wooden floors. At least with me it took some years, even though today’s range of wooden floors is impressive. The variety of colors, surfaces and materials leaves nothing to be desired, even with the most sophisticated individualists. And as we know, the floor is the first step towards a great interior design. A fundament to feel good. The “piece of furniture” which we actually touch every day.

New products with a rustic look especially impressed me. Deep notches cause light and shadow plays and thereby give these floors a unique charisma. One can also sense the texture bare-footed and they remind of decks of old wooden ships, which fought their way through the oceans.

Want some examples? Here you go:

Floorboards of solid and brushed old oak wood by HORI

Floorboards of solid and brushed old oak wood by HORI
Floorboards of solid and brushed old oak wood by HORI

After machine processing the old oak gets finished manually. Branches and cracks get polished to prevent splinters and to emphasize the rustic look. Thanks to the thick layer of wood damages can be easily fixed by sanding and sealing it again.

PARADOR Globetrotter Urban Nature

PARADOR Globetrotter Urban Nature
PARADOR Globetrotter Urban Nature

These floorboards more likely remind one of a crafted wall of old wine and fruit cases than of a floor. This is the uniqueness of this laminate floor. Similar to the Brooklyn Pine Pore described below the design is printed on a thin paper layer. For a wood-like texture the surface is minted with a typical wood fiber structure.

Gran Via Brooklyn Pine Pore by HARO

Gran Via Brooklyn Pine Pore by HARO
Gran Via Brooklyn Pine Pore by HARO

The Brooklyn Pine Pore floorboard has an impressive appearance already due to its format of 220 cm by 24 cm. The unusual design is printed on the floorboard as well. At the end it gets a relief-like texture so that the surface has a authentic feeling.

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About the author:

Ben of casando
Ben of casando

Grown up with the magazines of this world Ben writes for the casando online magazine about modern interior design trends and new products that fill him with enthusiasm. He loves minimalism and would like to reduce his property to 90 pieces.







New Website: Expert knowledge about veneer in English by Initiative Furnier + Natur

The new website: (Source: IFN)
The new website: (Source: IFN)

Initiative Furnier und Natur (IFN) has published a website in English. The web presence under the address: provides expert knowledge about real wood veneer for an international public.

“Veneer is one of the most attractive products that can be made from wood. The new website is a comprehensive and reliable information source, with numerous examples of how veneer is used in design and interiors”, explains the Secretary of the IFN, Dirk-Uwe Klaas.

Furnishing Cologne – part 6: New products cocktail armchair Morph Lounge and table collection Kontur Couch by Zeitraum

Morph Lounge und Kontur Couch by Zeitraum (Photo: Mirjam Fruscella / koelnmesse)

Invitation to a stopover: Combining Zeitraum’s Morph Lounge cocktail armchair with its new Kontur Couch table collection gives rise to little islands that merge comfort with aesthetic qualities. The chair frame is made of American walnut and covered with a mix of leather and fabric. The matching occasional table by the name of Kontur Couch consists of a lacquered steel base and a solid American walnut top. The wood is treated with premium natural oils and waxes. The Read Noon lamp with a textile shade in warm grey puts the finishing touches to the ensemble.

Design: formstelle
Booth: Hall 11.2 Booth K040

Furnishing Cologne – part 5: New product table Clamp by Janua

Clamp by Janua (Photo: Mirjam Fruscella / koelnmesse)

Timeless modern aesthetics – 200-year-old oak and 2000 years of history: Designer and interior architect Bernd Benninghoff is rejuvenating Janua’s product range with a table that consists of nothing but two clamps and eight slats of wood. The two clamps are connected via a crossbar and are intended to impart a floating character to the solid wooden top. Because the individual slats of the tabletop aren’t glued together, it can be dismantled into its individual parts, is easy to transport and can be assembled by just one person. In order to ensure maximum stability, the slats of the tabletop are joined together with domino dowels. The two clamps are made of flat steel sections. Clamp is available in various types of wood, including one variant made of approx. 200-year-old oak. So as to preserve the authentic vintage look of the timber, little holes or irregularities are not corrected.

Design: Bernd Benninghoff
Booth: Hall 3.2 Booth C030

Lightness as per Plan B – fresh ideas from Holzmanufaktur

Layouts are loosening up, architecture is becoming more open, various areas of the home – like the bathroom and bedroom – are growing together. But bedrooms themselves are still dominated by massive, overpowering wardrobes that stifle any hint of lightness. Holzmanufaktur is trying to counteract this with a clear design vocabulary and subtle contours.

Holzmanufaktur’s Plan B is still pretty big – between 200 and 400 cm wide and 220 or 240 cm high.

Contemporary Relaxation: the 405 PF and 406 PF Padded Armchairs by Stefan Diez

Contemporary Relaxation: the 405 PF and 406 PF Padded Armchairs by Stefan Diez Complement the Designer’s Successful Chair and Table Series for Thonet.

The use of bentwood for excellent seating comfort has always been a hallmark of Thonet’s seating furniture. Introduced three years ago, Stefan Diez’s 404 chair series has further developed this theme, using new wood processing techniques and building a bridge between tradition and contemporary interior design. Thonet has extended the successful 404 collection with two new and distinctive designs: the 405 PF and the 406 PF padded armchairs, furniture that provides relaxing seating comfort for the home as well as for hotels, restaurants and bars.

interzum 2011 (25.-28.5.2011): innovations for architects, craftsmen, designers and product developers

Just a few weeks to go now until interzum 2011 opens its doors at Cologne Exhibition Centre from 25th to 28th May. Around 1,400 exhibitors will be presenting their latest innovations to visitors from all over the world. But interzum has far more to offer than the pure product exhibitions – a whole series of special presentations, piazzas and thematic focal points spread throughout the fair are guaranteed to make the trade show even more attractive and encourage a lively exchange of ideas.

Light and materials at the innovation of interior forum
For the second time, Hall 4.2 will be hosting the innovation of interior forum, the new attraction for architects, designers and product developers with a special focus on light and materials. In addition there is an information area, a lounge, speech and meeting zone and compact, pre-specified presentation spaces for prestigious companies that form a perfect unit both visually and thematically. The declared aim of innovation of interior is to encourage eye-level communication at state-of-the-art level with partners who share the same aims and values.

Home life trends 2011: What stays? What‘s coming?

photo: Warendorfer Küchen.
photo: Warendorfer Küchen.

It‘s been called “homing“ for years: that magical word, that complete residential concept. Nature, genuineness and heartfelt cordiality are the order of the day, something you instinctively know from your own conception of the pastoral idyll. And for this, there are cosy sofas, fireplace-heated rooms, plush carpets, silky pillows, walls of natural stone, mineral bathtubs, solid wood dressers.

Of course, natural materials like wood, glass, stone have become readily available, along with a colour palette in nature‘s spectrum. People are becoming more sensitive to – and sensible with – the resources of this world. Even with furniture, they are paying closer attention to the material and its origins. They are paying heed to the volume of raw materials, and their recyclability. It‘s worth noting here that discussion of the “cradle to cradle“ approach is beginning. “Cradle to cradle“ aims at a virtually one hundred percent recovery of all components, and opposes their disposal on the rubbish heap, or their incineration, or their recycling into far inferior components. Increasingly, raw materials are being re-used. Some European furniture manufacturers are already pursuing this prudent approach today.

At imm cologne 2011 and LivingKitchen, roughly 110,000 furniture pieces and even more furnishings are on display. Nearly 30 percent of these are completely new innovations. Given all the diversity, there will always be furniture and furnishings that enjoy particularly strong demand.

Dirk-Uwe Klaas, Association of the German Furniture Industry, on consumers’ changing mentality

1furniture_exportThe average German only replaces his sofa with a new one every 8-12 years. Don’t you sometimes wish there was a scrapping incentive for furniture too?
We in the furniture industry aren’t calling for subsidies – we just want equal treatment for all sectors. Instead of getting people to scrap their cars, the politicians ought to be scrapping taxes for normal citizens and SMEs so they’ve got more money left in their pockets and budgets at the end of the month – money they can use however they see fit.

The imm cologne’s Trendboard is anticipating a return to more quality consciousness as a response to the economic crisis. Is “real” quality actually still affordable these days?
We’re living in a time when people are refraining from quick consumption again so yes, you could say people have started to change their mentality. They’re becoming more sensitive to how we use the world’s resources and looking for things that promise value and durability again. That’s why there’s an increasing demand for sustainability and value in our industry too. For earlier generations it was normal not to follow every furniture or clothing fashion or go along with every new style that came out. Then there was a period of rapid and changing consumption. The pleasure was often short-lived and the products interchangeable.