Porto – How chairs are made
We’re always on the hunt for inspiring content to enrich what we do to our true values – at FLOC Studio we import furniture from countries on the other side of the world as we believe these brands who produce great design needs to have a story told here in Australia and NZ. Don’t get me wrong, we love Australian made products, but we feel with the help of Danish and Portuguese designed and made products, our stories here become endless.
We always want to know more about our brands – so this trip in September after Maison & Objet Paris 2017, took us on a road trip down to Porto Portugal, to see how chairs are made honestly by real locals.
After a wine adventure in Douro Valley, which is one of the most incredible wine regions to stumble across, we made it to WEWOOD to see, touch hear and feel all we could to know about handcrafted pieces.
WEWOOD only use 2 main wood materials, French Oak and American Walnut. We tend to agree that these woods are of top quality. Theres something about Walnut Wood – the rich colour and visible wood grain makes every piece unique and elegant.
The factory visit took us from start to finish of the production process – from delivery trucks of wood arriving, to the early cutting machines depending on what is scheduled for production, to a local craftsman sorting through every piece to match what he thought would be the best wood for that particular piece. The glueing station, the finishing station, the sanding, the woman and men behind the machines making sure every piece has WEWOOD top quality detail. Every piece is thoroughly considered.
WEWOOD have a 6 week production cycle, and we know its worth the wait.