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RAW MATERIALS

  • Use of the finest quality sustainable natural materials.
  • Unique and innovative combination of natural materials.
  • Unique texture, pattern and weave techniques.
  • Finest quality craftsmanship and construction.
  • Continually work to sustain traditional hand crafted techniques.
  • Reforestation and environmental protection.
  • Palecek demands the highest quality control procedures.
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ABACA

Similar to the banana plant/leaf; extremely strong; stripped by hand, twisted into rope lengths, and woven by hand. Palecek Product: Havana Collection; Serengeti Cross Bench. Benefits: Using leaves and bark that renew consistently keeps the parent plant alive, and does not promote clear-cutting.

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RAFFIA

Palm family; long, durable leaves create natural fi bers; not clear-cut. Palecek product: pillow exteriors, lamp shades. Benefits: Using leaves that renew consistently keeps the parent plant alive, and does not promote clear-cutting.

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RATTAN

Palm family; similar to bamboo, but solid, so an ideal source for furniture fr ames and cane matting. Palecek Product: President’s Collection; Rattan pole chairs. In the forests where rattan grows, its economic value can help protect forest land, by providing an alternative to loggers who forego timber logging and harvest rattan canes instead. Rattan is much easier to harvest, with
simpler tools and easier transport. Compared to most tropical wood,
rattan is much faster growing.

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PLANTATION HARDWOOD

Trees grown within cycles of planned re-growth. Palecek Product: Edgewater Collection; Georgio Chair; Tahoe Collection. Products
include mahogany and gemelina.

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PETRIFIED WOOD

Petrified Wood is the result of wood turning into stone through permineralization over thousands and even millions of years. During this process, all of the organic material is replaced with minerals such as quartz, while the original structure of the tree remains intact. The petrifaction process begins underground when the wood is buried under sediment and is deprived of oxygen. The lack of oxygen preserves the structure of the wood while mineral-laden water fl owing through the sediment deposits minerals into the tree’s decaying cells, allowing the stone to eventually form. Colors will vary depending on the nature of the minerals deposited during petrifaction.