All our wood is FSC-certified, which means that the forest management conforms to a responsible and global agenda that cares for trees and people all over the planet. Under FSC practices, foresters never fell more trees than the forest can regenerate. FSC certification also ensures that forest workers have proper working conditions, pay and that local communities benefit socially and economically.
Ash is hard and heavy and has excellent properties for bending. In prehistoric times it was used for carts, ladders and spears, among other purposes. Ash is our lightest-coloured wood type with a delicate and beautiful expression that really comes into its own when the bookcases are placed side by side, so that the light colours complement and add depth to each other. Ash is also available in a black-stained version where the grain is subtly visible and brings a structured and warm look to the black finish.
Oak can have a lifespan of up to 100–150 years before they are felled. Like ash, oak is a heavy and hard wood type with good properties for bending. It has a warm, gol-den glow and a delicate grain that makes it a popular material for furniture making. Oak has historically been used for buildings, bridges and roof constructions, and due to its high content of tannins it also has good properties for curing leather and aging wine.
Walnut ranges in colour from greyish tones to deep dark brown. It is a hard and strong wood type, and the American walnut trees we use can grow to a height of 40 metres with a diameter of one metre. Walnut is an exclusive wood type, as hand-sorting is necessary because the colour can range from very light to very dark, but it offers an inimitable expression.
Deep and dark. Exotic and exclusive. Light and lively. Mahogany has always been a high-end, elegant wood type. Our mahogany is sourced from Africa and has a deep, red-dish-brown tone with a unique play of co-lours. Mahogany is often used for musical instruments, where it brings a warm, round, rich sound. Design history contains many examples of mahogany furniture by ico-nic cabinetmakers, including the renowned Kaare Klint.
Bamboo is not actually a wood type but a fast-growing type of grass that has an extreme capacity to absorb CO2. It under-goes a lengthy process where the bamboo is cut up, dried, glued together and compressed into a strong cross-fibre sheet. The bam-boo slats mutually support each other to make a strong, sustainable and stable mate-rial that reflects the skill and craftsmanship that went into its making and has a beautiful graphic expression.
The beech is widely considered Denmark’s national tree, and the Danish word for beech is one of the oldest in our language. It has a yellower tone than ash and oak but shares many of the same properties. Beech is hard and strong, and the structure appears highly uniform with fine pores and widely spaced annual rings. Beech trees can be harvested when they are around 30 years old, but many are not felled until they are between 90 and 120 years.
Birch is a typically Scandinavian wood type with a uniform surface and is often used to make plywood. Plywood consists of multiple layers glued together in a matrix where the grain of each layer is at a right angle to the preceding layer. This technique results in a strong sheet with a high form stability that is almost impossible to bend and is highly resistant to cracking and twisting