Acacia is a hard and durable wood that has been an IKEA favorite for many years. However, most retailers only use this sustainable and low-priced material for outdoor furniture. But a small team at IKEA saw the potential to create indoor pieces out of this richly contrasting material – with warm, wallet-friendly results.
SKOGSTA is a collection of solid acacia wood products for eating and socializing. The beautiful wood from Vietnamese forests was used in an unexpected way for a dining table, chairs, benches and cutting boards, allowing its natural character to shine through. And each piece is unique with its own grain and color patterns.
Acacia wood has a natural mix of light blonde wood in the middle, and the dark outer wood that looks a lot like mahogany. Up until now, this mix was considered unsightly. The lighter wood was cut away and just the dark wood was used. But like a lot of things in life, beauty is all about perception.
“We just thought it was fantastic because this has a new look that we don't have in IKEA,” says designer Marcus Arvonen. “We thought ‘why not make this mix of dark and light part of the expression?’ If you cut away the light wood, you waste material and the price goes up.”
Instead of using a lacquer coating, the table in particular is covered by a thin wax that allows the solid wood to shine through, and lets it age beautifully and naturally. The dings and scratches that happen in daily life are visible – a tactile and honest memory of meals shared with friends and family.
“It’s a different way of looking at quality,” Marcus says. “Instead of creating a wood surface that withstands all stains and scratches, the wood ages with the dents. And those flaws are incorporated into the furniture. It will age with grace.”
To see the entire SKOGSTA collection online, click here.
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