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Hardwood Trends: Fashion versus forever - Oct 2017

I see them everywhere right now. In interior magazine, blogs, instagram and pinterest. The dark gems that are expected to be the 2018 major trend. And certainly it is beautiful with the dark dark brown and blackened the zebra-like elements. I agree that teak, jakaranda and rosewood give a weight and a character that the Nordic tree has difficulty measuring. But, we'll stay there. And then we are wondering where the commodity comes from and what these furniture symbolizes. Actually.

Photo: screenshot from Residence

How is it that we North Africans who sort out, try to eat eagerness and ecologically and worry about climate issues do not seem to be having any problems with furniture made of hard-to-reach dark dark woods when it became home-at-reports or statements in so-called trend tensions?

Why are there so few who talk about the dark vintage furniture, such as teak, jakaranda and riopalisander, made of virgin forests from Africa, Asia and South America? And that the contemporary felling of the slow-growing tropical forests is an acute environmental issue. It is actually one of the biggest global issues we face because the rain forests accommodate more than half of all biodiversity on our planet.

Over the last 100 years, more than 50% of the tropical rainforest has disappeared. In fact, a large part of the vintage furniture in dark hardwood that is considered trendy today has been produced on the environment and our ecosystems expense. Is such a furniture then really a symbol of full-blown 2018, or that's exactly the opposite?

Is it reasonable for interior decorators, stylists and influencers who otherwise speak warmly about sustainability and climate-smart consumption to be totally uncritical and help create a new wave of demand for slow-growing, species-protected and overseas tree species that also require unnecessarily long transports – when we have A lot of good and relatively fast growing alternatives (eg birch, pine and oak) in our absolute vicinity?

I do not think so. I do not want to be behind it and therefore I consistently answer the same thing now when I'm called daily to pronounce on the 2018 major trends. No, I do not sing to the tribute choir. May we instead stop this demand curve in time. I think we should take equally active distance from dark gems as we do against other apparent climate bombs in the next year.


Ebenholz grows in Africa, India, China and the Pacific Ocean.
Teak grows in South Asia, Australia, Africa and South America.
Walnut is grown in southern Europe, Iran, India, China, North and South America.

Venga grows in East Africa
Irocho comes from the Ivory Coast in Africa
Jakaranda / rosewood is CITES-listed growing in Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay
Mahogny only grows in a belt from Mexico, Central America and down to the Amazon
Rosentree is CITES-listed and grows in the rainforests of South America, including Peru and Brazil