10 years ago, Janua introduced a completely new table concept with the BB11 Clamp and, in doing so, also established a new material at the same time: Vintage oak wood - recycled and meticulously refurbished from historic beams of stables, mountain huts and timbered houses. The very special character of the approximately 200-year-old oak beams has now grown into its own Edition catalogue and runs through the entire furniture collection. Strictly speaking, the wood is given a third life here: In its first life, the tree stood in the forest, while in its second life it offered protection in the form of a house or stable. Janua gives the material a new, exciting lease of life as a piece of furniture, produced with great attention to detail. Characteristics such as joint cut-outs, wormholes, cavities as well as branch holes, cracks and colour differences are omnipresent in this material and cannot be removed without great effort. But it is ultimately these natural vagaries that bring the incredible authenticity of this raw material to the fore.
Janua transforms used oak planks from disused barns into furniture which oozes character. Cracks, pegs and worm-holes are all confidentially left to tell their story. This earthy quality only serves to reinforce the uthentic overall impression – elegance with contempor ary chic and technical mastery.The novel lightness of this approach supplants the weighty solidity exuded by the oak furniture of the past, resulting in a look more reminiscent of a strippedback Zen style than traditional wood-panelled walls and rustic alpine chalets.
Janua works with nature – and creates new surfaces with its vagaries.
Living around wood has been back in vogue for some time – and the practice of combining different solid wood elements is more up-to-date than ever. Janua offers solutions made exclusively with solid wood as well as smart ombinations with other materials and surfaces. Take, for instance, the undeniably classy look and feel of a table with steel legs and a solid oak tabletop – ideally one featuring an eye-catching finish. Perhaps vintage oak with an especially handcrafted feel – something which every piece of Janua furniture guarantees as standard. Vintage wood is a great option for adding even more Janua character, and it is available in three fascinating finishes.
Refined by hand
Using pliers, a mallet and chisel, the vintage wood is carefully prepared by hand until an unmistakable aesthetic and texture is achieved. This finish is all about the look and feel, and simply cries out to be touched. The inherent energy of the wood is tangible, and creatively channelled to connect with our emotions.