Wood that looks like wood

The European standard for quality grading of round hardwoods determines the criteria for classifying beech roundwoods according to the different visual qualities A, B, C and D (A being without any aesthetic defects). This qualitative classification of the wood is based on the observation of singularities, alterations and degradations and "inferior" quality planks are too often badly seen. Is not wood a living matter? Is it not precisely for this main reason that bosi is considered a noble material? Starting from this postulate, is there really any need to relay some veneers as "second beech", less interesting?

Veneers victims of "being wood"

Discolourations and red wood, knots, veins are so many recurring "defects" on beech veneers ... Yet they represent 72% of veneers from a tree! With the drought being felt more and more over the years, the quality of the trees decreases and the percentage of quality A and B of light color too. It becomes more and more difficult to obtain this level of quality in large quantities. Thus, the majority of veneers that do not meet the quality requirements A and B are therefore most often intended for interior trim. However, it is important to emphasize that the current main brake to its use, in more noble applications, is only aesthetic. If, strictly speaking, there are "technological" or "mechanical" differences, is to note that there is none.

Beech, ideal wood for molding and bending

Regardless of its appearance, the high quality of beech wood is above all technical. It is a hard, dense and very hard wood. Beech is an indoor wood par excellence. He also has good dyeing, filming and bending skills. Indeed, the length of its fiber facilitates the molding process and enjoys an excellent degree of resistance to impact and compression.

The wood in its simplest apparatus

As for raw wood, barely worked, it settles comfortably in the world of decoration. Wood in its most natural aspect reflects current tastes for ecology, but most importantly, it allows unique creations, allowing a contemporary version nature version. A design apart whose name Bleu Nature has made its trademark. Wall coverings, fixtures or furniture frames are thus made from logs, branches, driftwood or petrified wood revealing the knots and veins of the wood. In the same way, there is more and more PVC paper decor or even imitation wood carpet tiles, like the creator of textile floors TecSOM, where we can even observe the same "defects" of wood. One wonders then why these veneers that show these "defects" are so well camouflaged? In France, the demand for veneer quality AB light color without knots or veins remains very important especially in the furniture sector.

Other countries are paving the way for change, such as Germany, which has launched real communication campaigns with wood processors and users from several Länder organized by the Holzbsatzfond (Wood Promotion Fund) for the promotion of beech in the heart. red. The state of Baden-Württemberg has funded a project called "Projekt heimisches Holz" (Local Wood Project) focusing specifically on the development of red beech in the furniture industry.


At Brugère, a company of Les Manufactures Févriers's group we work and optimize what nature gives us and encourage the use of these veneers that reveal the knots, veins and other "natural imperfections" of wood. It is a living matter that, like us, can not be "perfect". From our point of view, these ribs and other testimonies of nature participate very largely in the charm of this material which brings elegance, warmth to our interiors and respects our environment.