Veneers have a long history. Already the Egyptians separated thin boards from tree trunks in 2900 B.C. to use them as decoration. Noble woods were regarded as particularly precious and therefore only very sparingly used. From the 14th century onwards, veneers were increasingly used in Europe to make high-quality furniture. Until the 19th century, however, their use was only reserved for the wealthy society, when new technologies made rational production possible (cf. LOHMANN, 2010). Until today the material has not lost its importance.
Veneer production describes the most economical way of using wood and thus the highest added value of the raw material. Veneers are thin sheets of wood that are peeled, sawn or sliced by the “Flitsch”, depending on the manufacturing process. The later intended use determines the quality and appearance of the veneer, whereby the thicknesses can vary from 0.1 mm to 6 mm. DIN 4079 specifies the nominal thicknesses for veneers of various types of wood. However, the thickness of the veneers is also directly related to the anatomical structure of each individual tree, as some woods are more suitable for a very thin end product than others due to their fine structure (cf. INITIATIVE FURNIER UND NATUR, 2018).
ZEITRAUM uses top quality veneers for the FORM, OKITO Ply, MORPH and ZENSO chair families and for the CODE shelf.