Harmonized beauty with uneven characteristics of wood

All woods have different texture, and thus they are beautiful.

There are no wood materials with the same color and grain even from the same lumber. This is so called "harmonized beauty with uneven characteristics of woods" that is the proof of natural wood. That is why a superb balance of arrangement is required. Skilled craftsman survey thoroughly the shades of wood color, grain and wood character to design a best "uneven characteristics of woods" by combining pieces of these materials for giving a comfortable impression to customers. Please enjoy the beauty of wood with natural variations that cannot be created by machine.

Expression of comfortable "natural unevenness"

Wood is a living biomaterial, indicating the color and grain is different one piece by one piece derived from the same lumber, even different among one piece. The "unevenness" is the proof of natural product, and characteristics for the living biomaterials. However, too much emphasis of "unevenness" turns out unfavorable design. Actually, there is an optimal range of "unevenness" for giving natural appearance and comfortable impression. In Live natural premium and Live natural, skilled craftsman create good quality of product "unevenness" by controlling the diversity of wood characteristics.

Natural unevenness: "the width of the hard maple wood color"
The width of wood color is present derived from the same kind of lumber.
The incidence of appearance based on the levels of shades of reddish material derived from hard maple is shown below.

Total balance in combination with 12 pieces of planks taking advantages of quality of precious woods

A raw wood material shows different color and grain piece by piece of the same lumber, even different among pieces. In particular, the wood materials used in Livenatural premium and Livenatural shows a large variations of these characters. After the completion of flooring, it becomes an issue of discussion on color differences between the spaces of 1x6 floor, and unnatural color difference among 1x6 floor. In order to handle these problems, Asahi WoodTech has been conducting the management of balanced combination of pieces of planks at each step of processing process including procurement of raw wood, storage of raw wood, lumbering, laminated wood and wood cutting by taking advantage of the traditional skills. The 3-P type of 1x6 floor used 12 pieces. Total balance of using 12 pieces makes possible to provide precious veneer floor with keeping the quality of natural precious wood that cannot be expressed by printed sheets.

Simulation of color-differences of wood flooring

Ref for design: "Wood and Sensibility" written by Masashi Nakamura 1997, from Kimura library
Although there is an unfavorable case due to putting excessive irregular design, appropriate irregular of wood material contribute to the appearance of natural beauty. The figure shown above is simulation of color differences of wood flooring, indicating that an optimum value of brightness variation of pieces of component are present in the color pattern giving the impression of beauties of nature and floor-like appearance. It appeared that some Nordic country-based manufacture is managed more strictly the color and pattern-alignment for exporting to Japan compared to that for home country. More importantly, it is necessary 1) to recognize wood diversity in appearance and material-wise; 2) control diversity as necessary; and 3) to bring out usefulness of unevenness.