Distressed and rustic: the veneer trend for 2017

Distressed and rustic: the veneer trend for 2017

Bad Honnef. Classic looks are on-trend in virtually every sphere of life, and not least for prized wood surfaces that tell stories stretching back decades. But as old wood is often labour-intensive to process and not always cheap either, there is a growing trend today for distressing the best from the tree for an antique look. "Brushed, rough-cut, sandblasted, plane-wave and chopped looks are now on-trend - especially veneers that are individually printed to the customer's specification," explains Ursula Geismann of the veneer association Initiative Furnier + Natur (IFN).

Lovers of individual, rustic textured surfaces are spoilt for choice today: the textures available range from knotty oak to historic wood and beam oak in its different colour variations, all the way through to knotty spruce, Swiss pine and larch, both with and without knots - there are no limits to what the user, decorator or renovator wants. "The highly attractive surfaces are suitable for every imaginable application in furniture and interior construction," explains Geismann. Classic, smooth veneers on the other hand are used for furniture surfaces and in interior construction as well, but they are also appearing in car modification packages and in very high-end products such as veneered skis, bags, glasses, kiteboards, bathtubs, book covers, shoe insoles and mouse pads. "Anything you like goes. The immense spectrum of veneer looks makes it hard to decide. But anyone who chooses a unique piece from the best of the tree will enjoy it for many years and decades," says Geismann. (Source: IFN)

Initiative Furnier + Natur (IFN)
Initiative Furnier + Natur (IFN) e.V. was founded in 1996 by the German veneer industry and its partners. The aim of the association, which has its head office in Bad Honnef, is to promote veneer as a material. It is funded and supported by European companies in the veneer industry, by the wholesale and retail trade, the veneer-processing industry, and timber industry trade associations.
Further information on veneer can be found at www.furnier.de and www.furniergeschichten.de.

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