“The evolution of this form of commerce over time, and its tentacular expansion across the globe, has made it challenging to regulate. It grew out of the bioprospecting that took place throughout colonial territories during the nineteenth century, becoming one of the largest industries in the world both in terms of the revenue it generates and the impact it has on the planet's biosphere.”
in Cambio, by Formafantasma, 2020
Wood, as a material, has a great humanitarian, commercial, cultural and economic value. The ancient relationship between man and wood dates back 300,000 years and that long lasting relationship is closely connected with the characteristics and advantages that wood presents, such as durability and resistance.
When we combined both characteristics with a more conscious production, always thinking about the whole process, for example to choose wood from certified sustainable forest productions, to design objects that combine a conscious design where the possible material waste is always in mind. In this way we have furniture with a higher life expectancy when compared to cheaper alternative.
Oak presents itself as an exceptional wood for furniture, as it is a hard and consistent wood, without compromising its ease of work. In the Backhome furniture collection, oak represents a large part of the wood used, as it is highly resistant to scratches or external aggressions, it also allows it to be easily repaired in case of damage, thus increasing its lifespan.
Finally, it is essential to mention how the characteristics above are related to one of the Backhome pillars – the Flat-pack side of the objects, allowing for more efficient assembly and disassembly, when compared to wood-based products.