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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
In Door Air Quality - CARB Compliance
Finish Standards - UV Advantage 2012 and Durability 2012
Here are the benefits for you:
Anti-Microbial Protection Technology
Certified Wood - FSC
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