The TAP range of furniture items from Dessein Furniture is designed in Australia, and manufactured using Rubberwood. A great deal of consideration was given by Dessein Furniture when selecting material and manufacturing sources, to ensure its inaugural range achieve key qualities of aesthetics, form, function, longevity and sustainability.
Rubberwood is commonly perceived as an environmentally sustainable alternative for tropical hardwood, and is also commonly known as ‘Plantation Hardwood’ as it makes use of plantation trees that have already served a useful function.
Plantation timber rubberwood is an agricultural by-product of the latex production industry and is grown throughout South-east Asia. Rubberwood is perhaps one of the most virtuous while also most misunderstood species of wood in the furniture industry.
It is one of the more durable lumbers used in the manufacturing of furniture and fittings. Rubberwood is a member of the maple family (Hevea Brasiliensis) and like maple, it is a sap producing species. The natural sap from Rubberwood is ‘latex’, which is the base compound in the production of all rubber-based products.
Rubberwood has all the ingredients to make it a truly successful material choice in furniture production. It is available in large and renewable volumes throughout South-east Asia, making it an attractive alternative for consumers in the Australasian market. Also commonly known as ‘Asian Oak’, Rubberwood has a similar grain quality and colouration to Oak.
Rubberwood is perhaps the most ecologically sound and viable tropical hardwood available to the furniture industry. After the economic viability of latex tapping comes to an end, the Rubberwood tree is felled and a new sapling is planted, with the mature tree being prepared for the next, quite different stage of its lifecycle: furniture production.