At Mata, we understand that when it comes to live edge furniture, not all timber is created equal. This is why we have made it our mission to source only the finest and most premium woods for our bespoke furniture pieces. We take great care in our selection process, traveling far and wide to the best sawmills across Europe and the United States to find the perfect slabs for our tables.
One of the things that sets us apart is that we handpick each piece of timber based on its unique character and beauty. This often leads us to the sawmills of France, Germany, and Pennsylvania where the local communities have been properly managing their forests for generations. Our visits to these mills are always an adventure, as we spend hours sifting through logs in search of the pieces that truly speak to us. Although it can be a tiresome process, the reward of discovering that special slab makes it all worth it.
At these family-run mills, the experts focus on one species of tree at a time, perfecting their unique substance through years of experience and care. Each species is treated differently, depending on where it was felled and how it was cut. Once the slabs are harvested, they undergo a rigorous drying process that can take several years. They are first dried outdoors, which allows the timber to cure and stabilize, before spending months in kilns where they dry slowly to become furniture-grade material.
It is only after this extensive process that we make our selection and begin the build process. Our commitment to using only the finest materials and our dedication to the craft of furniture-making is what sets us apart as a leader in luxury furniture.