Alder: Our Sustainable Local Harvest for Our Contemporary Furniture
While we strive to design and manufacture furniture to benefit the circular economy, one of our focuses is our material sourcing. Our furniture’s origins are rooted by the forests of British Columbia and while some of our wood species expand to across North America, we have recently invested in a very local wood species that we’re excited to launch.
Think of a renewable resource that has a short lifespan, rarely living beyond 50 years, that nourishes the soil it leaves behind, grown right here on Vancouver Island? Alder from Vancouver Island is all that yet is often discarded to the pulp mills. We have found it makes stunning furniture pieces, with a consistent even grain that finishes beautifully in a whitewashed Scandinavian appearance.
What makes Alder such a renewable resource? Well, for starters, it has important nitrogen-fixing capabilities, its roots enable it to replenish nitrogen in the soil, making Alder a great service provider to the forest. Alder trees are often planted in rotation with Douglas Fir to reduce the incidence of parasitic laminated root rot in Douglas Fir forests. That’s not all, Alder trees provide shelter for younger faster growing conifer trees growing underneath their protective canopy. What a wonderful concept – beautiful Alders protecting the young Douglas Firs as they grow in our coastal rainforests!
Our Ban Collection is perfectly paired in Alder. We love the meeting of the collection's dramatic design aesthetic and sustainable local wood sourcing. Be sure to visit our showroom to see the stunning Alder pieces for yourself.