A table tale
Artemano sources and creates furniture using wood that comes from all over South and Southeast Asia. Here we track the key production stages of live-edge dining tables from their beginnings in a Thai forest – it’s a process that can take more than five months in all!
4 rules for decorating with raw wood
1 Strike a balance. Pair rustic rough-hewn pieces with clean-lined contemporary furniture. 2 Give it centre stage. Raw wood is an art piece in and of itself, so leave the walls unadorned and let the grain shine. 3 Mute the rainbow. Since there are already a handful of tones in many wood grains, keep other colours to a minimum. 4 Make it cohesive. Use two or three different woods and have more than one hit of each type.
With renewal and rejuvenation top of mind, Artemano sources its exotic woods from forests that are certified sustainable and government regulated. Here are a few Erin loves. Rosewood Though slow growing, this wood is plentiful in India; grain varies from blond to burgundy in colour. Suar A fast-growing wood sustainably harvested from the limbs of trees grown for other purposes; grain boasts rich, high-contrast tones for an artful appeal. Recycled Salvaged from storm-felled trees, fishing boats, railways and old construction; features chipped paint and the patina of a storied antique.