W260 × D100 × H75 cm
W102 2/5 × D39 2/5 × H29 1/2 ”
W320 × D100 × H75 cm
W126 × D39 2/5 × H29 1/2 ”
W380 × D100 × H75 cm
W149 2/3 × D39 2/5 × H29 1/2 ”
22 weeks. More information here.
Available in European Douglas Fir with a white oil finish. See menus below for further material information.
NOTE 1: This product is shipped in a custom made crate. NOTE 2: As a softwood, Douglas fir will mark will regular use. Our care instructions include guidance on how to steam-repair dents in the timber, however we recommend embracing some level of wear and tear as part of the ongoing story and beauty of your Douglas fir furniture. NOTE 3: Knots are naturally present in this timber, lending character to each plank.
Crafted at the solar-powered De La Espada factory in Portugal. Designed by a creative partner and rigorously engineered with the support of our in-house product development team and expert craftspeople. Durability, comfort and aesthetics combine for a product that lasts a lifetime.
Timber is sustainable solid wood from Europe, offering long-term repairability of the surface. Natural colour and grain variations in every plank make each piece an individual. Traditional wood joinery bonded with wood glue ensures structural integrity. All finishes are non-toxic and applied by hand, sprayed or rubbed.
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Manuel Aires Mateus is an award-winning Lisbon-based architect whose projects explore the roles of memory and knowledge combined with the relationship between the physical and cultural worlds. His work seeks to reflect every scale of our lives and searches for the enduring state of shape and materiality.
With an emphasis on function and the sensory response, his collection for De La Espada reflects a universal heritage that is fixed without time or place. Utilising astonishingly proportioned planks of Douglas Fir timber, the furniture is designed to be passed from generation to generation, earning the value of time and marks of memories past.
“Our central point in all of the projects is the way that people are going to live. It’s always about this idea of how people could feel in these spaces more than, let’s say, image. So it’s also the way you touch, the colour, the smell, the memories that you can achieve and the common memories that we all have about this material,” Manuel Aires Mateus.
Solid wood is an expression of the life of a tree, grown for at least 30 years, and the weather patterns it experienced, the absorption of sunshine and minerals. The tree is imbued with meaning, and this meaning is transferred to the piece of furniture it becomes.
Our planks are cut in a way that honours the growth rings and grain, making them clearly visible.
EUROPEAN DOUGLAS FIR
Our European Douglas fir is grown in France. Due to its strength, durability, and attractive grain, this softwood has long been used for joinery and flooring. The natural colour variations include an array of blond and light reddish tones. Douglas fir trees can grow to very large sizes which, when regularly pruned, results in impressively wide and long planks of timber with consistent grain patterns. Knots are naturally present in this timber, lending character to each plank.
We use Douglas fir exclusively for Manuel Aires Mateus products, the design of which take advantage of the extreme proportions of the planks. Planks of this size and quality are rare, and must be harvested and prepared specially for us, which can impact the lead time of the products. Douglas fir products are on an extended lead time to account for this, though the lead time remains an estimate and, in some cases, the actual lead time may be longer than estimated.
NOTE: As a softwood, Douglas fir will mark will regular use. Our care instructions include guidance on how to steam-repair dents in the timber, however we recommend embracing some level of wear and tear as part of the ongoing story and beauty of your Douglas fir furniture.