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What makes L’Atelier Mata live edge tables unique? As a discerning reader, it’s only natural to wonder what sets Mata apart. At Mata, we are dedicated to constantly elevating our craftsmanship and presenting designs of the utmost quality. Our passion for excellence is reflected in every piece we create, from the premium materials we use to the exceptional finishes and techniques we employ. When you choose Mata, you can trust that you’re not just investing in a piece of furniture, but in a one-of-a-kind heirloom that will become a cherished family focal point for generations to come. Our commitment to exceptional service and care only adds to the overall Mata experience, making it a truly unparalleled choice for the luxury lifestyle.

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Timber Sourcing For L'Atelier Mata Live Edge Tables

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.

The Crafting Culture

We believe crafting by hand materially improves the beauty of the live edge tables we make – the human hand with hand-tools elevates our pieces from functional items into works of art. The human element from conception, to sourcing and then making is so very importent to us that it will never change and each bespoke creation is imbued with this belief. The timber from each species, even from each tree within speices, can vary to such a degree that the human hand is truly the very best tool when it comes to being worked, being sculpted.

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Material Finishing L'Atelier Mata Live Edge Tables

Our table production finishing processes are a testament to our commitment to producing only the finest furnishings. Each piece of timber is meticulously hand-sprayed to achieve the perfect levels of coating, ensuring that no detail is overlooked. Our table bases are powder coated and carefully baked to the ideal temperature for the ideal duration, creating a flawless and consistent finish that exudes luxury. Our metallic finishes are masterfully applied by skilled artisans who understand the nuances of the desired result, professionally bathing each piece to ensure a rich, shimmering finish that radiates sophistication and elegance.

It's a family thing

At the heart of our business lies a deep-rooted passion for crafting beautiful and functional furniture. Our company is a proud family-run enterprise, with the mantle of selecting only the finest timber and creating each piece of furniture passed down through generations. Nishma and Toby, the current custodians of this legacy, are dedicated to maintaining the highest standards of excellence in every aspect of our work. With their expert eye for detail and commitment to quality, they will continue to select the finest materials and craft stunning tables that will endure the test of time.

oak bench on copper paints hex legs

For all of our tables, just take a browse around our shop – there are finished pieces to check out, or simply get in touch to ask for a bespoke quotation. If you have any questions at all, take a look at our FAQS, or feel free to contact us.

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