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  Our Design Philosophy

The core design philosophy of My Place My Life is to create an inner peace within a relationship between the user and the surrounding space. In an ever-change world, this is a slow process. It is a social education process. In "The Silent Transformations", Francois Jullien examined that Western philosophy failed to address the effects of cumulative change over time. Western thoughts’ foundations in the classical Greek philosophies of being, encourages thinking in terms of determined forms. We recognizes that such thinking neglects the indeterminable nature of transitions in time and place. In contrast, Chinese thought, having a greater sense of the fluidity of life, provides more flexible ways of understanding everyday transformations. This thinking offers insightful perspectives and allows consideration of our relationships to history and nature.

To us these relationships form our basic design concepts, reconnecting modern lifestyles to Chinese heritage through nature, art, people, and environment. The idea brings art into our design process – the art of seeing life. We believes that art in a diverse range of human activity presents our design concept thoroughly. For example, the first of his three main collections of design: ART   LIVING  and   PEOPLE  

  Our Engineering Process

About Solid Wood Selection

As we do not add color on top of our woods, we have to be careful picking boards for a piece that match one another. No two boards are exactly alike, even if they are from the same tree. Therefore, there will always be a small amount of color and pattern variation across a piece. We consider this to be a beautiful feature of solid wood furniture, and carefully strategize how different boards are put together.

Vital to this natural variation within a board is the difference between heartwood and sapwood. If you were to look down at any kind of tree trunk, you would see a darker circle in the middle with a lighter ring around the perimeter. The darker center is the heartwood and the lighter perimeter is the sapwood.

Different species tend to have different proportions of heartwood to sapwood. Walnut, for example, is usually almost all heartwood. Maple, on the other hand, is mostly sapwood.

Certain species are typically picked for the heartwood or their sapwood. Furniture made from Cherry, for example, usually has had the sapwood cut out, and all you see is heartwood. Furniture made from Ash, on the other hand, usually has the heartwood cut out, leaving it consistently light. In some species the variation from heartwood to sapwood is dramatic, and in others quite subtle.

Changes Over Time

It is also important to know that with exposure to ultra-violet light over time, different woods darken to varying extents. Cherry, for example, can darken significantly in the maroon direction. Mahoganies can as well. Maples and Ashes tend a little toward gold. Birches and Sycamores tend a little more towards gold. Zebrawood and Lacewood are stable. Walnut can lighten a little or stay the same. These changes are accelerated if the sun directly hits the furniture. We have aged samples of most species, if a customer is particularly concerned.

  Our Green Standards

Here are just few examples of international sustainable furniture standards we are following:

Chemical Emissions - GREENGUARD
GREENGUARD Certification is part of UL Environment. GREENGUARD Certification helps manufacturers create and helps buyers identify interior products and materials that have low chemical emissions, improving the quality of the air in which the products are used.

In Door Air Quality - CARB Compliance
The California Air Resources Board (CARB) establishes the toughest production standard in the world for formaldehyde emissions from composite wood products. The regulation applies to hardwood plywood, particleboard, medium density fiberboard (MDF) and all products (furniture, cabinets, flooring, store fixtures, millwork, countertops, doors, etc.) made with those products.

Finish Standards - UV Advantage 2012 and Durability 2012
We want to be one of the first to use an ultraviolet finish on all exposed surfaces, and to offer the UV finish as standard on our furniture. UV Advantage finish is part of our continued interest in using leading-edge technology and our commitment to making responsible environmental choices.

Here are the benefits for you:
Clarity – A cured UVAdvantage finish magnifies the beauty of our wood finishes and will not yellow with age.
Durability – UVAdvantage earns kudos for durability with an outstanding five out of five in independent testing. Which means the longevity of our products is far superior to products with other topcoats in the market today. Other topcoat finishes commonly rank three or less.
Hardness – Due to the inherent hardness of UVAdvantage cured finish, the surfaces are less likely to be damaged by common surface abrasions and scratches.

Anti-Microbial Protection Technology
AMP antimicrobial product protection is a built-in treatment infused into the finish topcoat for antimicrobial protection on all exposed wood surfaces. AMP technology works 24/7 to inhibit the growth of mold, mildew, fungus and bacteria on wood surfaces, as well as odors caused by bacterial growth, by 99.94%.

BIFMA (Business and Institutional Furniture Manufacturers Association) sought to lead the USA in a comprehensive method of proving to the world that commercial furniture products are made in an environmentally friendly and sustainable fashion. This comprehensive standard has 96 measurements in four areas of material sustainability, energy and water conservation, human and ecosystem health and social responsibility.

Certified Wood - FSC
FSC® Chain of Custody Forest Stewardship Council™ (FSC®) Chain-of-Custody (CoC) Certification is an assurance that wood based materials used in products come from forests that meet stringent environmental, social, and economic standards. It is the path taken by raw materials from the forest to the consumer, including all successive stages of harvesting, processing, manufacturing and distribution.

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