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11th Jun 2022

Architect Africa Online

Africa's Leading Architecture Aggregator

Eco-furniture that leaves a legacy

The Homewood Amanzi Conscious Collection has added River Red Gum, to their range. This invasive Australian-born wood has a dark brown colour with rich, striking red undertones.

It is not often you come across a luxury, handcrafted, hardwood furniture manufacturer that makes such exquisite, artisanal furniture while still managing to protect and preserve our precious environment. Homewood are the environmental heroes of our generation, and they are leading the way in cutting-edge, sustainable furniture design.

If you’ve been following Homewood on their journey of ridding South African waterways of water-thirsty, alien-invasive trees, then you’ll be familiar with their Amanzi Conscious Collection, which gives customers a chance to be a part of their quest to rehabilitate natural environments – by choosing to have their furniture made with a collection of alien invasive woods. This increases the demand for their removal from local waterways, freeing up the choked waterways, and ultimately, returning millions of litres of water back into dry riverbeds, strengthening the indigenous ecosystem.

These areas cleared of invasive trees are also used for wildlife rehabilitation, and to increase arable land for rural herding communities – thus creating thousands of viable and sustainable jobs. Simply put, the benefits of choosing to have your furniture made from these woods are exponential.

After deciding to discontinue Kiaat, once a firm favourite at Homewood but now banished due to its unsustainable harvesting, Homewood is continually on the lookout for more invasive species that they can add to their collection. So far, they’ve gathered up four stunning solid woods: Cottonwood, Blackwood and Camphor – with their most recent wood being River Red Gum.

River Red Gum is an Australian-born wood and has a dark brown colour with rich, striking red undertones shining through. It is distinguished by its ‘fiddleback’ pattern – originating from its wavy grain. After being subjected to rigorous testing at the Homewood factory in Lidgetton, the team were pleasantly surprised at how durable and resilient the wood was when exposed to the harsh elements over an extended period. This makes it an excellent wood for outdoor furniture.

Homewood are meticulous about their handcrafted furniture and specialise in custom-made designs. They are passionate about creating unique hardwood furniture that is tailor made to suit an individual’s particular space and needs. No two pieces of furniture will ever be alike, so when you invest in furniture from Homewood, you can rest assured that you are receiving a truly original piece that is handmade with heart and built to last a lifetime. Homewood are continuously pushing the boundaries of furniture design, striving for beauty, functionality, and sustainability. This ethos recently earned them the DTI Furniture Design Award for 2021.

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