Finishes

CARAPACE believes in combining creativity with attention to detail, made possible only through craftsmanship and hand-production of all the pieces. Wherever possible, the wooden parts of the items created by CARAPACE are made from strips of recycled, recovered and reused wood, or from parts of discarded boards. All the wood we use is high-quality, solid wood of various kinds (oak, walnut, fir).

CARAPACE creates xylographic (wood-cut) prints on the wooden surfaces of the furniture, transferring the pattern of veins from other discarded wooden boards.
CARAPACE enhances the objects it creates by hand-drawing “contour lines” on the wood surfaces, to suggest the natural veins of the material. In this way we believe we can restore the natural artistic value of the furniture pieces.

CARAPACE uses an ancient Japanese technique, Shou Sugi Ban, which preserves the wood through charring. We exploit the technique, used traditionally as cladding for buildings, to make our material more robust and, naturally, more elegant.

All the treatments used by CARAPACE to protect and finish the wooden parts are non-toxic and natural. Various combinations can be chosen, for an opaque or polished finish; the treatment can be film-like or natural, using a natural wax base.

The iron elements can be treated as desired, and indoor furniture is not affected by rust.

Even so, we come up with custom solutions for each piece, as required by our individual customers: there is no completely natural rust protection but, if requested, we can allow some rust to form on the iron frame, and then halt and stabilise the process by applying a transparent (synthetic) film coating.

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