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Old, worn and pure nature

Wood plays an important role in the manufacture of our furniture. Rivièra Maison mainly uses recycled wood sourced from old doors and beams. The material has its own distinct character. Craftsmen call it untouched, because the wood is untreated and nigh on in original condition. Now there are holes where once the doors' hinges were. Cracks in antique doors become cracks in the tabletop, and a door that always stood in the rain is coloured differently to one that stood mostly dry and/or in the sun.

Every wood type has knots, grain and colour nuances that stand out in different ways. That makes every piece of wood, and therefore also every piece of furniture, unique and gives it its natural charm. Old, worn and pure nature: that's what Rivièra Maison prefers to work with.

 

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Mango wood

 

 

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Elm wood

 

 

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Acacia wood

 

 

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Acacia wood

Acacia wood is a sustainable type of wood derived from fruit trees.

Natural product

Acacia wood is a sustainable type of wood derived from fruit trees. The acacia tree, also known as the mimosa tree, grows quickly.  Once the tree's fruit yielding days are over it is chopped down and a new replacement tree is planted.  Thus, responsible felling can be done. Acacia is a hardwood species and is known for its ability to withstand a knock or two.

Sturdy appearance

As Acacia is a fairly 'wet' wood, small hairline cracks may occur during acclimatisation. This has no effect on the quality of the furniture pieces, and moreover, matches this type of wood and its rugged look&feel. All RM furniture made of acacia wood is handcrafted. All parts are measured by hand and then painted in matte white lime paint.  Even the paint is mixed manually by colour, resulting in a slight colour difference between the furniture.

Why we love it

  • Rugged appearance
  • Every piece of furniture is unique
  • Responsible felling; for every tree that is felled, a new tree is replanted
  • Hand painted

Treated with love

The acacia furniture in the RM collection is finished in white paint and can be wiped clean with a slightly damp microfibre cloth. To protect the paint, we advise against the use of corrosive products, nor to rub or scrub hard.

Mango wood

This hard wood comes from a fruit tree, grows quickly and is indigenous in India.

Unique character

Mango wood is a frequently used material in Rivièra Maison's furniture. This hard wood comes from a fruit tree, grows quickly and is indigenous in India. Once the tree's fruit yielding days are over it is chopped down and the wood is processed into furniture.  Rivièra Maison only uses plantation wood. 

Rugged appearance

The wood is characterised by its striking flame-like markings that sometimes have an orange or yellowish tint, so it is easily recognisable. It is important to know that Mango is a fairly 'wet' wood, which is why small hairline cracks can appear when curing the wood. This has no effect on the quality and fits in with the rugged appearance of the wood.

Why we love it

  • Handcrafted in India
  • Sturdy appearance
  • Rugged and unique character
  • Responsible logging.

Treated with love

The mango wood surfaces of our furniture have a white, matt and invisible lacquer layer that protects the old “untouched” feeling. That's why we recommend regular treatment with our Premium Wood Care Kit for optimal care and protection against dirt, dust and stains. But caution is always recommended. Use a slightly damp microfibre cloth or soft brush/vacuum cleaner to clear the surface of dust and crumbs. Hard scrubbing and rubbing with aggressive cleaning agents are not recommended. We also advise against placing hot pans, drinks and greasiness directly on the mango wood. It is best to use coasters, trivets and place mats for this.

Recycled elm wood

The wood of this North American elm, aged by nature and daily use, was taken in the past to make front doors.

Old, worn and pure nature

Recycled elm wood is one of Rivièra Maison's most used woods. The wood of this North American elm, aged by nature and daily use, was taken in the past to make front doors. About 80 to 120 years later, we reuse these front doors 'untouched' for parts of new furniture such as table tops, cabinet doors and drawer fronts. The furniture thus acquires a natural, weathered look. The pre-used doors are brushed clean, rinsed off and sawn to the exact dimensions of the furniture item. The imprints of hinges, locks and door handles are still clearly visible, making each piece of furniture a unique piece. Old, worn and pure nature.

Driftwood

We call the recycled Elm wood 'Driftwood'. Mainly because the unique appearance and colour differences suggest that it was once washed up on a shore. It is therefore not possible to select furniture by colour. With mosaic-topped tables, the diversity in the old wood is even more obvious.

Why we love it 

  • Old and worn

  • Natural weathered look

  • Reused old doors

  • Every piece of wood is unique

Treated with love

Our Elmwood has a matte and invisible lacquer layer, Matt Polish, which protects the old 'untouched' feeling. We advise you to purchase the Wood Care Kit for optimal care, protection and cleaning. But caution is always recommended. Hard scrubbing and rubbing with aggressive cleaning agents are not recommended. Use a slightly damp microfibre cloth or soft brush to clean dust and crumbs from the surface. We also advise against placing hot pans, drinks and greasiness directly on the Elmwood. It is best to use coasters, trivets and place mats for this.