Veneers have a long history. In 2900 BC, the Egyptians were already separating thin boards from tree trunks to use them as decorative elements. From the 14th century onwards, veneers were increasingly used in Europe to make high-quality pieces of furniture. Until the 19th century, its use was reserved for the wealthy society, when new technologies also made rational production possible and veneer became more affordable. The material has not lost its importance to this day. (cf. LOHMANN, 2010)
Veneer production is probably the most economically efficient way of using wood. Veneers are thin layers of wood that are peeled, sawn or sliced from the trunk, depending on the manufacturing process. The subsequent intended use determines the texture and appearance of the veneer. The thickness of the material can vary from 0.1 mm to 6 mm. This is also directly related to the anatomical structure of each individual tree, as some woods are better suited to a very thin end product than others due to their fine structure (cf. INITIATIVE FURNIER UND NATUR, 2018).
At ZEITRAUM, fine veneers are used for the moulded wood seat shells of the FORM, OKITO PLY, MORPH and ZENSO chair families as well as for the CODE shelf.