MATERIALS INDOOR

MATERIALS

RATTAN

Is a natural material that grows in the Far East and is shipped to us after a rigorous selection so that we can use it to manufacture our furniture. It’s characteristics are elasticity, flexibility and lightness. It is hand woven and curved by the skillful hands of our highly specialized artisans who turn raw natural material into elegant design furniture. It is this skillful workmanship that makes our piece extremely lasting in time. From the raw rattan cane several materials can be extracted through different manufacturing operations.

LEATHER CORD

The leather cord is a natural material of great resistance and is treated following the traditional methods of vegetable-tanning. It is then cut, given its round shape and waxed. A fixative finishing is then applied in order to make it more resistant and enhance the aesthetic characteristics.

RATTAN SKIN

After being dipped in water, rattan skin becomes soft for weaving. It cannot be anilin stained, and remains in its original warm, honey-colour. Rattan skin is used for bindings, reinforcing and decorating purposes.

RATTAN-CORE

During the extraction by draw process rattan-core is obtained in different diameters or in a flat-oval section. Once soaked in water it can be woven into an endless variety of patterns, and can be anilin stained or lacquered in any color.

WOOD SPECIES

The used wood species: Beech, Oak, Walnut quality “Canaletto”, come from controlled plantation under surveillance of the concerned monitoring organizations and thus respecting the ecological standards.

PULUT

Is a twith skin variety of the larger rattan cane, it has a reddish warm colour and it is used in its entirety. As the rattan cane with skin it cannot be anilin stained.

RATTAN WITHOUT SKIN

Can be heated over an open flame as per the raw cane mentioned above. It is used to manufacture pieces that later are normally anilin stained as in this form the material is very permeable and can really absorb the colour. Alternatively it can also be lacquered or left unfinished.

PROCESSING

BENDING

Rattan is the general term to define this material while “giunco” is the italian translation. There are over 100 varietes of rattan, but the most used are: Manila, Manau, Malacca, Palasan. The rattan cane is manually heated over an open flame and curved. The use of the flame allows a total freedom in terms of shapes and as a consequence in the design of the furniture.

WEAVING

The rattan core threads, which are then hand woven, come from the the inner part of the cane, they are obtained in different sizes by the use of a special machine. To be woven the rattan core threads must first be soaked in water, so that they can become flexible enough to be hand woven. The natural color of the rattan cane core is very pale, and the lightness of this color is guarantee of its quality: the more pale it is the higher the quality. As time goes by and depending on the amount of light to which it is exposed the natural rattan core and core threads will turn into a warm honey colour which as well is a sign of a high quality material.

COLOURING

Once the piece of furniture is completed it can either be left raw or undergo the staining or lacquering phase. Anilin stains are water based finishes which are completely natural and while colouring the material they are very light and allow to still see the vaining of the material. Alternatively a lacquer finish is another option.

BINDINGS

Canes are assembled with screws and nails in order to make the piece of furniture stable and resistant. The bindings have the double function of reinforcing and covering the head of the nails. Occasionally the bindings can be also a decoration of the furniture itself. The materials used for this purpose are leather, flat-oval rattan core threads and flat-oval rattan skin threads.