French oak flooring aged to perfection
With its new 801 surface finish for French oak, premiering at DOMOTEX 2020, solid wood specialist Chêne de l'est is demonstrating its finesse in developing floor finishing processes that are hard to distinguish from natural aging.13 Dec 2019 Trendspots Editorial Office
French family company Chêne de l'est is located close to the German border, not far from Saarbrücken. It specializes in ready-to-lay solid parquet and engineered flooring in lacquered, oiled and wax-finish designs. Founded by the carpenter Joseph Bach, the family business is now run by his four children - who recently decided to add multilayer parquet to the production program. Together with the company's vast expertise in surface treatments and traditional aging effects, this means Chêne de l'est can now offer an even wider variety of premium products. Its innovative new creation, set to be unveiled at DOMOTEX 2020 in Hannover, opens up even more possibilities.
The new 801 surface finish is specifically designed for use on solid wood and engineered parquets made of French oak. The aim is to produce a very specific finish based on variations ranging from light to dark gray tones that give the wood the highly sought-after look of an elegant floor that has gracefully aged over time. Not only that, but a passing resemblance to driftwood, with its weathered irregularities, adds a very special and unique touch. The beauty of the wood is further embellished by revealing its natural structures, while the aging edges underscore the blade width. Preferably laid in a chevron or herringbone pattern, the highly resilient planks are suitable even for areas with heavy footfall thanks to the use of matured French oak (PEFC-certified). The manufacturer, who also supplies the appropriate cleaning products for this exquisite flooring, predicts it will stand the test of time, lasting 70 years on average.
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