Emphasize the Natural Beauty of Solid Wood.
Wood is a noble material. Its grain, its sheen, its varied colours… All this gives wood an inimitable ability to create an atmosphere of warmth and authenticity. Tropical wood species often have richly toned grains, highlighted by the simplicity of contemporary design. Read what follows to start recognizing the various species!
Though 1300 different species share this name, it is mainly the acacia mangium, acacia auriculiformis, and their hybrids that interest artisans. These varieties are often cultivated in Asia due to their fast growth periods – up to 10 meters in 2 years! Acacia wood has a fine grain, which gains a silky, lustrous finish after having been sandpapered. It is a wood of diverse tones, appearing anywhere from grey to chestnut brown. However, it tends to come out blonde once lacquered and waxed. It’s also easy to maintain, as Acacia resists humidity and warping rather effectively. Acacia is often used to cover floors, most notably in bathrooms. Its antibacterial substances also make it a favourite for kitchen use when making various foods.
Derived from the Hindi language, the word sheesham is more commonly used to label material cut from the dalbergia sissoo tree. It is also known as Indian palisander in English. This is a hard, velvety-textured wood, whose grain gives it a wavy appearance. It contains splashes of leather and bronze, with a golden grain coming from young sapwood. After teak, this is the most cultivated wood species in the province of Punjab, in India. Its robustness and density make it a favourite for crafting furniture and sculptures. It is even a favourite for music! Indeed, sheesham is also used to craft percussion instruments and guitars.
Originating from Latin America, suar is a tree common in Southeast Asia. Albizia saman extends its long branches into an umbrella shape, which explains its English nickname, rain tree. Suar wood is reputed for its durability and brilliance, but mostly for its spectrum of dramatic colours, from honey, to chocolate, to many varieties of caramel. The suar tree often hides a chestnut toned core, with lighter fibers next to the bark. A fast grower, it can attain a height of 25 meters, which can provide some large furniture. This species is often used for crafting imposing furniture and statues, since its fine grain, composed of interweaving fibers, is resistant to cracking and degradation. Its production is heavily regulated in Indonesia.
Tamarindus indica is a species most often used in kitchens. Its fruits have a sweet and tart-tasting pulp, which provides excellent fragrances to curry and chutneys. It is also a magic ingredient in Worcestershire sauce! But, the wood itself is also greatly appreciated by artisans, due to its resistance to degradation and insects. Its interwoven fibers often create patterns resembling strata drawn with a very fine pen. The tree’s core, so durable it quickly degrades saws, tends to be red or violet, while the sapwood is usually pale. Once finished, tamarin wood gains a remarkable luster. Since the trunk tends to hollow out over the years, the tree provides modest wooden planks, usually intended for small furniture and sculptures.
Teak has been used for centuries due to its exceptional qualities. This noble wood secretes a substance that makes it waterproof and resistant to insects, which helps it live for extended periods. Despite its light weight, it does not deform over time. Teak has a dense grain and a red tone with yellow-brown hues. Cultivated in Indonesia, Burma, and Thailand, tectona grandis grows rapidly. A victim of its own success, teak has been deforested in the past, causing the producing countries to implement programs for controlled cultivation. Saya Loft offers teak furniture purely from sustainable cultivators.
Indonesian artisans have become masters of reusing wood which has been worn down by the passage of time. They breathe a second life into old fishing boats and abandoned railroad tracks. Marked by the passage of time, this material gives furniture a particular charm. Creations both unique and ecological!
It takes a lot of talent to see the hidden beauty in neglected wood, such as trees cut down for farmland or leftovers from the logging industry. Saya Loft offers unearthed teak roots that are crafted into furniture based on their shape. We have made furniture patterned with weaving lines, evoking a more natural appearance (live edge). Born from the marriage of art and nature, these products are respectful or our planet.