Like most industries in the modern business landscape, the architectural and design industry is placing ever-increasing importance on sustainability. It simply isn’t enough to build or design a beautiful structure or space in 2017; it’s essential to consider the long lasting implications of every facet of the design process. With certifying bodies like the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), LEED, Cradle2Cradle, Living Building Challenge, the WELL Building Standard, and numerous others, architects, designers, manufacturers, and builders are considering the well-being of building inhabitants and the conscious maintenance of natural resources with newfound diligence.
reSAWN’s CHARRED collection features cypress, black walnut, red oak, white oak and reclaimed hemlock that is burnt in the Japanese tradition of shou sugi ban. Translated as “the burning of Japanese cypress (sugi)” or yakisugi, and traditionally used in Japan as exterior siding, this ancient technique is gaining new life as a unique and modern wood finish.
The wood is carefully charred, misted with water, cooled, brushed to remove dust and loose debris, and then stained/sealed to create the unique designs you will find in the CHARRED collection. The top coat sealer is applied prior to shipping (for exterior applications, we recommend sealing the face & back). The charcoal barrier created through this process preserves the wood, and is fire, rot and insect resistant. The burning process accentuates the wood grain and creates varying colors when viewed from different angles and in different light.
View more from the CHARRED collection – shou sugi ban wood from reSAWN