Pure natural product: Only veneer is really “eco
Bad Honnef. Recalling the imm cologne Revue furniture trade fair, one thing is noticeable in retrospect: Wherever you looked, you could see highly contrasting grained wood surfaces. But not everything that looks like wood is actually made of wood. “The market is full of synthetic surfaces, which look like wood, but which have absolutely nothing to do with the natural product. Apart from solid wood furniture, only veneer as a furniture surface is truly real, explains the Secretary of Initiative Furnier + Natur (IFN), Ursula Geismann.
Veneer represents the full beauty of the tree. Like a painting, it shows the grain or figure and the typical colour variations that the tree has formed during the many years of its growth. Veneer also always feels warm to the touch, it is antistatic and controls the indoor climate. The result can be admired on furniture, as well as on many other objects such as room doors, floors, wall panelling or even unusual items such as kiteboards or skis. “Imitations may look good - development has made great strides in recent years - but wood is wood, and veneer is only made of wood. Whoever wants pure nature in their home and wants to purchase a wonderful unique product, when buying furniture they should simply ask whether that which they can see really comes from the forest, concludes Ms Geismann IFN/DS
Initiative Furnier + Natur (IFN)
Initiative Furnier + Natur (IFN) e.V. was founded in 1996 by the German veneer industry and its partners. The purpose of the association based in Bad Honnef is to promote veneer as a material. It is funded and supported by European companies in the veneer industry, trade and the veneer processing industry as well as professional associations of the timber industry.
Use of veneer in boat building. Photo: IFN
A further highlight: Veneered bath. Photo: IFN
A guitar like a work of art. Photo: IFN
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