Q: How was the first wooden wheel built?
Re: From wooden segments.
Q: What would happen if we bent the wood?
This is the idea that made it all possible ...
Conclusion: We did not invent the wooden wheel - we just bend the wood.
The furniture we build falls under the Biedermeier style, with Michael Thonet as a protagonist, his invention led to the development of innovative, ergonomic and economical furniture in terms of materials used, and the quality resulted is of great elegance and refinement to our day.
While other designers of his time, used pieces or carved wood, with many joints, trying to hide them with engravings and complicated ornaments, Thonet chose to radically change everything and bend the wood. Although the techniques are not widely used today, his simple idea and inventiveness remain legendary, together with his efforts of making use of as much wood as possible from every log, and waste as little as possible.
This is of great importance for us, our goal being the same: WE WILL NOT WASTE ANYTHING
Thonet's models were loved and bought by the general public then and now. Based on his models, we want to create modern, light, stylish chairs that thanks to the technology of wood-bending does not cause loss of timber.
Our method is steam lamination. We try and use more green energy in the production of our furniture: all wood waste, is fully reused in obtaining the heat necessary for the steam bending and the drying of the pieces of wood. the factory itself is also heated by with wood sub-products.The process of wood-bending also influences the models we produce, resulting in lightweight and durable products that make as little material waste as possible. We also expanded the bending technology to our carved wood chairs, resulting in a considerable improvement in the percentage of wood usage.
But this became a double edged sword, resulting in less waste, thus having fewer resources to power the heating boiler. However we found the solution through more efficient collection of wood waste, sawdust, and other materials. After a primary processing, consisting of a sieve and a grinder they can be used in obtaining the heating agent for the heating boiler.
It is a continuous challenge for us, trying to find techniques and methods that help us to reduce as much loss of wood as possible, primarily out of respect for nature, and secondly to reduce costs, without affecting in any way the quality, beauty and competiveness of our products in national and international markets.
We are also concerned about the ecological and nature protection of area. Thus, we have established a nursery, where we planted saplings of various tree species, that we take much care of.
Our staff, with about 50 people, consists of people skilled in wood processing, and having worked for generations in shaping curved wooden furniture, they have the experience and craftsmanship necessary in the creation of our products.
We support this tradition because the foundations of the Bentwood Furniture Factory in the town Bucea, Romania, were set more than 100 years ago, when the locals realized what a precious resource the wood surrounding them was, and what possibilities is held, and the love for crafting combined with love for this precious resource created a thriving community of skilled workers, making this the ideal place for a furniture factory.