Wood veneers and wood flooring
Johannes Schuster has worked in the veneering department at Kaindl since 1978. In this interview he takes us to North America and leads us through the history of design. And finally to his dining room table.
Mr Schuster, where do the wood veneers for Kaindl panels
and wood floor come from?
We prefer to purchase from European and North American countries with renewable forest economies. We cover around 90 per cent of our requirements from these countries. Of course, we also procure wood from all over the world for special applications – take, for instance, the eucalyptus wood that we imported from plantations in Australia three years ago.
How do you verify the origin of the wood?
We buy exclusively from certified dealers; our partners cooperate closely with forestry management and us. We also contact external institutions such as the WWF in the event of ambiguities.
Classics or trend-setters - what wood types can be found in the Kaindl program?
Both types, of course: oak, beech, walnut and maple stand mainly for the classic line, whilst heartwoods such as heart ash and satin walnut serve the current trends. This category also includes smoked woods such as Oak Basalt and Oak Szivaro, to name but two examples.
What role does wood play in modern interior design?
Nothing conveys a feeling of naturalness and warmth better than real wood. Its naturalness, appearance, feel and design – all of these are without comparison. Decorative panels and laminates are the best proof of wood's significance in interior design: these wood decors are becoming ever more authentic to make the natural charm of this multi-functional material both visible and palpable. Wood as an element of design continues to play a major role in the history of design to this day. It is the stuff good ideas are made of. You only need to think of Eames, Aalto, Jacobsen or Judd. It is nice to think that the best ideas are still evolving in the heads of the current generation of architects.
What lies behind Kaindl Charismo?
Kaindl Charismo stands for harmony in four-four time. In other words: the board character of the four-panel sequence creates a homogeneous overall impression, just like harmonious melody. This homogeneity stretches across all of the panels, making the product predestined for larger-scale projects.
A personal question to finish: what wood types can be find in Mr Schuster's home?
My wife and I have a similar taste when it comes to interior design: we prefer the classic variants. You will find Canadian Maple in the living room, ash in the kitchen and otherwise a great deal of oak. Our dining table in maple board is particularly impressive, a real jewel... not only for a wood specialist.