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NATURAL MATERIAL: ASH

Sarah

Ash is a strong, hard wood species, even harder than Oak. This wood species is pale in a typical Scandinavian way with fine, brown streaks and few discreet knots. It has a relatively long grain and ambers over the years. Ash is used to make tools, wood flooring and furniture. Some of Kährs Ash floors have strong color variations that really bring them to life.

Family: Olive (Lat. Oleaceae)
Size: Ash can grow up to 35m in height. The trunk can grow to ca. 4m in circumference.
Origin of Kährs Ash flooring: Sweden
Hardness: Hard, strong and lightweight. Brinell value: 4.0
Colour: Pale cream darkens to a more straw-coloured appearance.
Random fact: According to Norse mythology, Odin – Father of the Viking Gods – created the first man, Askr or Ask, from the wood of the Ash tree.

 

FINDING THE SILVER LINING

Sarah

Silver is a beautiful metallic colour that adds interest to any object, including a wood floor. So it comes as no surprise that one of our favourites from Kährs Shine Collection is the striking floor, Black Silver – a 1-strip ash, black stain with silver metallic in the pores.

Combine silver, black and brown tones with unbleached linen, white and deep green accents to create balance between natural materials/hues and the cool metallics.

 Images by Annaleenas Hem, Trendenser, Stylizimo, Add Simplicity, Daniella Witte and Inaesthetic/Neu

 

MUTED ELEGANCE

Sarah

Give your home instant muted elegance with a white washed wood floor, such as Ash Skagen from Kährs Sand Collection. Ash Skagen combines the naturalness and liveliness of ash with the elegance and lightness of white matt lacquer. The white matt lacquer highlights the wood’s natural beauty, giving the whole floor a soft and pleasing finish. The floor is dramatic, yet not enough so to be distracting from the rest of the interiors.

Seen below is the home of Norwegian blogger Nina Holst, who is also the founder of home decoration community Stylizimo.com. We are loving the combination of the wood floor, monochrome art and furniture, wooden utensils and geometric wallpaper.

Images by Stylizimo and Kährs

FINDING BALANCE

Sarah

Natural wood elements add warmth and interest to a cool graphic or neutral colour palette. Don’t be afraid to combine different wood species for added depth.

A rustic natural wood floor, combined with a contemporary and monochrome kitchen for balance – as seen in this Index Tower apartment in DIFC with Kährs Oak Oyster.

Images by Weekday Carnival and Studio Zee for Nordic Homeworx

 

DOT-DOT-DOT

Sarah

Oh, how we love these unique wall hooks by Muuto. “THE DOTS” are made entirely of first class oak or stained ash and are just as functional as they are beautiful as wall decoration.

“This characterful little family of hooks is a friendly addition to any wall. The Dots are proud of their round edges and will treat your clothes with the greatest care. They will also let you arrange them on your wall in the pattern you like. Being a very social set of hooks, The Dots love to welcome other Dots to join them on the wall. The only thing The Dots demand from you is that you uncover them every now and then and admire their shape and material.” – Lars Tornøe, Designer.

Available in diverse colours and sizes at our favourite Scandinavian design store D.Tales in DIFC.

Image by A Merry Mishap

 

DARING TO BE DIFFERENT

Sarah

In the latest issue of InsideOut magazine, you will find a feature on one of our clients’ apartments in Dubai Marina. Mr Wilfred, who lives in the apartment with his two adorable dogs Pierre and  Chu Chu, selected the beautiful Ash Gotland wood floor from Kährs Nordic Naturals Collection. Ash Gotland is a light, exclusive 1-strip floor with nature’s own design showing through its dramatic knots and a lively structure. A characteristic is its bi-colour pattern. The darker core in Ash creates fantastic patterns and makes this a very special floor.

Here is a sneak peak from InsideOut magazine’s app version for tablets. Don’t forget that you can download the app for free today to read the full interview with Mr Wilfred to find out about his story and thinking behind his eccentric home.

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Images by Svend Dyrvig/InsideOut

 

YOU BETTER KNOCK ON WOOD

Sarah

Strolling around at the Index 2012 show last week, we got the opportunity to witness the ever-growing use of natural products (namely wood) with a high sustainability-factor. This is definitely the way forward in the design industry – bringing the natural materials back in style.

There are some really quirky, innovative ways of (re)using wood out there!

Below are some of our favourites from the show. Let yourself be inspired!

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ASH, NOT SO ASHEN

Sarah

Ash is a strong, hard wood species, even harder than Oak. This wood species is pale in a typical Scandinavian way with fine, brown streaks and few discreet knots. It has a relatively long grain and ambers over the years. Ash is used to make tools, wood flooring and furniture. According to Norse mythology, Odin – Father of the Viking Gods – created the first man, Askr or Ask, from the wood of the Ash tree.

This Stockholm home below, styled by Lotta Agaton and photographed by Henrik Bonnevier, has a beautiful Ash floor that works perfectly with the monochromatic colour scheme of the home, tying all the elements together and making a very elegant, yet extremely cozy interior. Ash Sandvig by Kährs Sand Collection has a darker core in ash that creates fantastic patterns and makes this a very special product. The white matt lacquer surface treatment has a slight hint of grey tones which works beautifully with this particular colour scheme.

Images by Nordic Homeworx, Lotta Agaton and Trendenser 

 

A REGAL HOME

Sarah

This apartment in the Dubai Marina not only has a breathtaking view over the infamous Palm Jumeirah, but has an interior that is beautifully balanced between dramatic and harmonious with its classic-modern/European Renaissance decor. The stunning floor, Ash Gotland, just adds to its overall perfection – a better suited floor could not have been chosen for this home’s personality.

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 Images by Nordic Homeworx

 

WHITE

Sarah

Opt for pure white wood floors for that ultimate Scandinavian contemporary feel.

For a matt finish, Ash Alabaster by Kährs Harmony Collection is a great option. If high-gloss speaks to your tastebuds, then Opaque by Kährs Shine Collection will please all your senses.

And with 30 year warranty, a multi-layered board construction, and an extremely durable finish, these floors are sure to endure the Dubai heat and humidity for years to come.

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Images by Nordic Homeworx and Simplicity