Shou Sugi Ban: Torched Wood Furniture
Shou Sugi Ban 焼杉板 is an ancient Japanese exterior siding technique that preserves wood by charring it. The process involves charring the wood, cooling it, cleaning it, and finishing it with a natural oil. It is an environmentally friendly way to preserve the timber and (paradoxically) make it fire resistant, eliminating the need for chemical preservatives, paints, and retardants. This time consuming technique, results in a rich, silvery dark finish that is a gorgeous method of obtaining a dark wood aesthetic.
Our neighbours at Hot House Marketing wanted a striking boardroom table, and with aged wood floors, this custom Torched Boardroom Table makes a statement against their black, white, and red aesthetic.
The table is paired with red Sayl chairs by Herman Miller by Monk Office.
We love the silvery dark finish, and most of all that we can obtain it using a natural and age old method rather than chemical products such as stain. The best part for the Autonomous team? The wood used is still native to British Columbia! As part of producing a sustainable product, sourcing our wood from within British Columbia is a key component.
Here is our Alta table being torched. You can now choose from three wood options for our Klee and Alta tables, as well as our Aura lamp: Blue-stained Pine, Natural Douglas Fir, and Torched Fir.
The most recent addition to our collection is this cantilevered low table. Torched Western Red Cedar is the base for the concrete block, and a cantilevered acrylic top set by bronzed hardware. Stay tuned for more Shou Sugi Ban tables in the Autonomous showroom.