TIMBER


SOLID WOOD

Solid wood is an expression of the life of a tree, grown for at least 30 years, and the weather patterns it experienced, the absorption of sunshine and minerals. The tree is imbued with meaning, and this meaning is transferred to the piece of furniture it becomes.

Our planks are cut in a way that honours the growth rings and grain, making them clearly visible.

SUSTAINABLE TIMBER

We use only the highest grade timber available, FAS First and Seconds, with the fewest knots and most consistent grain patterns. So valuable are these planks, also referred to as “veneer grade” that they are usually reserved for making veneers only millimetres thick, so as to get the maximum usage out of each. We use them in generously thick and long solid planks.

This timber is only available from sustainable farms, as the regular monitoring, pruning, replanting, and general care of the trees on managed forests is what creates planks of this quality.

WOOD AND MOISTURE

Solid wood is a hydroscopic material, which means its moisture content will fluctuate based on the relative humidity (RH) of its environment. As humidity increases, the wood has a tendency to expand, and as the humidity decreases, to shrink. This movement cannot be prevented, but rather can be managed through drying the timber before use, thoughtfully designing and manufacturing to allow for movement, applying finishes, and maintaining appropriate humidity levels in the product’s end environment.

Our products are thoughtfully designed and manufactured to allow for the natural movement of solid wood, though wood furniture will require a stable environment throughout its life, with optimum levels of relative humidity.

More information can be found in our Winter Care document and Looking After Your Furniture pack.


TYPES OF TIMBER


AMERICAN BLACK WALNUT

Our American black walnut is from the midwestern United States. This is a prized hardwood with luxuriously figurative grain patterns and great strength. The walnut tree is relatively small, and the dark heartwood is surrounded by sap wood that is blond in colour.

Our American black walnut timber is available in a choice of oil finishes.

Danish oiled walnut

Black oiled walnut

White oiled walnut

Our Danish oil, white oil, and black oil finishes provide a renewable surface for enduring beauty. Damage can be repaired with relative ease, as the timber can be reapplied with wax or oil at any moment.

 

Find care information here.


AMERICAN WHITE OAK

Our American white oak is from the eastern coast of the United States. Oak has long been used in furniture due to its great density, outstanding durability and simple, understated beauty. Its durability is compounded by the fact that it contains tannin acid, which naturally prevents rotting.

Our American white oak timber is available in a choice of oil finishes, or an oxidised finish.

Danish oiled oak

White oiled oak

Black oiled oak

Oxidised oak

Danish oiled oak

White oiled oak

Black oiled oak

Oxidised oak

Our Danish oil, white oil, and black oil finishes provide a renewable surface for enduring beauty. Damage can be repaired with relative ease, as the timber can be reapplied with wax or oil at any moment.

Our oxidised timber is sealed with a clear matte lacquer to maintain the colour whilst preserving the tactility of the surface.

 

Find care information here.


EUROPEAN ASH

Our European Ash is from Portugal, Spain and France. European Ash is a hardwood that has long been prized by cabinetmakers due to its versatility and simple beauty. This dense timber has a coarse yet even texture, compressive strength, and an appealing straight grain. It varies in colour from a cream to pale tan colour and accepts stains and coatings more readily than other timbers.

Our European ash timber is available in a choice of oil, painted, or stained finishes.

OILED EUROPEAN ASH

Danish oiled ash

White oiled ash

Black oiled ash

Our Danish oil, white oil, and black oil finishes provide a renewable surface for enduring beauty. Damage can be repaired with relative ease, as the timber can be reapplied with wax or oil at any moment.

PAINTED EUROPEAN ASH

Our painted timber is available in a choice of 10 paint colours. The timber is wire brushed to create a textured surface before the application of the paint.

Ash Painted White RAL 9016

Ash Painted Bone NCS S1005-Y20R

Ash Painted Fjord NCS S 3010 G20Y

Ash Painted Lagoon NCS 2010 G

Ash Painted Bay NCS S 7010 B50G-approx

Ash Painted Cove NCS S 6010 G10Y-approx

Ash Painted Forest NCS S7020-G

Ash Painted Black RAL 9005

Ash Painted Bordeaux NCS S6030-R10B

Ash Painted Ochre NCS S 4040-Y20R

Ash Painted Bordeaux NCS S6030-R10B

Ash Painted Ochre NCS S 4040-Y20R

STAINED EUROPEAN ASH

Our stained timber is available in a choice of 10 colours. The stain is sealed with a clear matte lacquer to maintain the colour whilst preserving the tactility of the surface.

Ash Stained White RAL 9016

Ash Stained Bone NCS S1005-Y20R

Ash Stained Fjord NCS S 3010 G20Y

Ash Stained Lagoon NCS 2010 G

Ash Stained Bay NCS S 7010 B50G-approx

Ash Stained Cove NCS S 6010 G10Y-approx

Ash Stained Forest NCS S7020-G

Ash Stained Black RAL 9005

Ash Stained Bordeaux NCS S6030-R10B

Ash Stained Ochre NCS S 4040-Y20R

Ash Stained Bordeaux NCS S6030-R10B

Ash Stained Ochre NCS S 4040-Y20R

Find care information here.


EUROPEAN DOUGLAS FIR

Our European Douglas fir is grown in France. Due to its strength, durability, and attractive straight grain, this blond softwood has long been used for joinery and flooring. Douglas fir trees can grow to very large sizes which, when regularly pruned, results in impressively wide and long planks of timber with consistent grain patterns. We use Douglas fir exclusively for Manuel Aires Mateus products, the design of which take advantage of the extreme proportions of the planks.

NOTE: As a softwood, Douglas fir will mark will regular use. Our care instructions include guidance on how to steam-repair dents in the timber, however we recommend embracing some level of wear and tear as part of the ongoing story and beauty of your Douglas fir furniture.

Douglas Fir

Douglas Fir


ENGINEERED SOLID WOOD

A small number of our products have components made out of engineered solid wood, which harnesses the beauty and strength of solid wood, while increasing the possibilities when used as a planar material.

Solid wood is a living, breathing material that continues to expand, contract and change throughout its lifetime. It requires very specific bracing when used as a planar material to prevent warping and other movement. Certain designs do not allow for such braces or similar construction, so engineered wood is used instead.

4mm-thick planks of our signature timbers, cross-banded with alternating grain directions, create an engineered plank made from a single hardwood. Essentially a reconstruction of plank of solid wood, this material retains all the benefits of solid planks of timber, including a renewable surface and consistent appearance even with rounded edges, while having the added benefit of greater planar stability achieved through the lamination of planks. This material minimises waste, as the less desirable planks of wood, such as those with sapwood or knots, are used for the inner layers.