Solely hand-crafted furniture

Engineer-turned-woodworker Sohel Contractor is marrying traditional skills with modern technology to manufacture bespoke, hand-crafted furniture under the brand ‘Solli Concepts’ which, he promises, will become family heirlooms. “I loved watching huge logs being sliced in the busy timber market nearby,”

he recounts. “In their death, I could read the lives of the trees from their rings and the grain. I believed that timber was still alive, just in a different form.”
It was this fascination that led to his studio in Mumbai that hand-crafts “statement pieces” of furniture. “Hand-crafting gives you feedback from the piece of wood or furniture you are working on. Its qualities, advantages and limits are transmitted to you instantaneously,” he says.
Read more about him and his outstanding furniture designs in the Nov-Dec 2019 issue of WoodNews.

Fine art-n-function from plywood

We strive to make the most elegant, useful, simple, affordable, sturdy and comfortable furniture from the most sound and common materials with the least waste of resources and energy. New York-based Fn Furniture has launched a ‘99% Project’ to put to use 99% of a standard sheet of plywood to make

furniture. Its puzzle-piece style is made possible by a CNC (computer numerically controlled) machine. Each piece is sanded, edged, and joined by hand, finished with a UV-cured acrylic coating, and customisable with laminated or lacquered colour options. The shapes are body-fit and the build is sturdy.
The seating is designed to support bottoms and backs in healthy alignment; aligning with the curves of good, comfortable posture; and the angles, surfaces and spaces of the furniture encouraging comfort and energetic flow.
Inspired into acting? Read the article in the Nov-Dec 2019 issue of WoodNews.

Fuelling furniture industry’s
growth engine

The 11th edition of IndiaWood is all set to create a global standard experience with a targeted approach in bringing the stakeholders together. The exhibition is the biggest-ever woodworking show in India and is expected to bring major traction to the country’s over US$ 30-billion industry.

Spread over 65,000 square metres, the 5-day show (27 February to 02 March, 2020) at the Bangalore International Exhibition Centre, would host over 875 exhibitors from more than 50 countries.
Thirteen country pavilions from Canada, China, Ecuador, Finland, Germany, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, Russia, Taiwan, Turkey, Sweden and the USA will make the show a knowledge-sharing platform and the largest convergence point of industry professionals under one roof.
Check out the details of India’s biggest furniture manufacturing trade show in the Nov-Dec 2019 issue of WoodNews.

Mongol nomads have
a living legacy

Like ancient civilisations do over time, Mongol nomads came up with a very simple solution to blizzards and gales: a circular structure with a tapered roof, which they called ‘yurt’. The frame of the structure is made of wood, with skins (and later fabric) covering the frame.

They could dismantle it in a few hours, load it on their pack horses and move on. They were nomads and they needed this portability built into their homes. But modern yurts combine the luxury of resorts, with the outdoor-ness of the tent.
They also bring in contemporary material like plexi-glass, high tensile fabric and insulation, and then add all creature comforts – air-conditioning, kitchens and built-in toilets – to make these yurts little pockets of luxury.
But why are we even discussing yurts? Find out in the Nov-Dec 2019 issue of WoodNews

IKEA’s ‘robotic’ furniture out
next year

Swedish furniture maker IKEA is partnering with American start-up Ori to create a line of robotic furniture to allow people to create their dream homes in small spaces. The Rognan line-up optimises a limited number of square feet by turning the space into a modular and adaptable living area.

The system can roll back and forth, thanks to a button-operated set of wheels tucked underneath. The wardrobe portion can fit a tonne of your stuff without wasting a single square foot of space.
The new Transformers-style all-in-one can tuck away a bed, a sofa, a load of storage, and even a desk in a space of roughly 115 square feet, meaning even the tiniest bachelor pad could fit one of those!
Rognan will go on sale at IKEA stores next year; but you can catch details of it in the Nov-Dec 2019 issue of WoodNews

Nordson melters ease
PUR application

With good quality natural wood becoming rare and expensive, innovative manufacturers have introduced numerous wood substitutes for furniture as well as building and construction applications. These materials imitate the look and feel of wood but are made of widely available and hence low-cost raw materials.

The materials could be particle board at the low end, MDF (medium density fiberboard) or even aluminum extrusions. In order to give these materials a wood-like appearance, they need to be laminated either with a veneer of real wood, or a laminate.
The challenge is to glue the two materials together, to produce a bond that is attractive, reliable, and durable. Numerous adhesive chemistries have been used for these applications in the past, none of which have met all requirements – until Nordson did it.
Check out the details in the Nov-Dec 2019 issue of WoodNews.

‘Medicinal’ mugs to control

A tumbler sourced from 100% organic medicinal forest wood of the Pterocarpus marsupium tree (locally known as the Bija/ Biwla/ Vijaysar) can counter diabetes and control sugar and cholesterol in a completely natural way. It has been a proven Ayurvedic medicine to counter and cure diabetes.

The heartwood is used as an astringent and in the treatment of inflammation and diabetes, for which it has been shown to be effective due to its high pterostilbene content. Consumption of the herb helps lower the lipid and glucose levels of the body. This herb exhibits strong anti-hyper-lipidemic properties and helps in reducing total cholesterol, LDL, VLDL and serum triglyceride levels in the human body, according to a Pune-based initiative, My Forest. Curious? Read about it in the Nov-Dec 2019 issue of WoodNews.

2-in-1 thicknesser from

Wood-Mizer, a worldwide manufacturer of woodworking equipment, has released the MP160 planer and thicknesser, a new two-in-one machine to produce straight and square, accurately dimensioned boards. It changes bowed or cupped rough sawn timber into perfectly planed boards.

It shares one horizontal cutter between two cast iron tables – the upper table for planing and the lower table for thicknessing. No machine adjustments are needed to switch between planning and thicknessing. A safety guard keeps operator’s hands safe during planing. The board fence tilts up to 45 degrees for jointing angled boards. The top and bottom tables can be adjusted as needed, and the infeed and outfeed tables always remain parallel to each other. To know more, read the Nov-Dec 2019 issue of WoodNews.