|▲ Sanhwa Timber / CEO Yoo Jae-dong|
Wood slab or live edge wood slab is one of the hottest interior trends now. It leaves edge but the bark of a tree to make a plank which keeps the orignal texture and fragrance as they are. The more the use, the brighter and deeper intimate you feel with it. For this reason, it is one of a must for those who seek a one of a kind wooden furniture.
Padlio is a South Korean furniture brand. CEO Yoo Jae-dong has 30 years of experience in the timber industry and is second to known when it comes to everything about timber. Recently launching Padlio as an exclusive wood slab of his company Sanhwa Timber, he borrowed the word padre for father and figlio for son, thus Padlio, to mean 'the furniture passed down from father to son'.
Twist and deformed are taken seriously when it comes to wood slab. For this reason, Yoo uses compressed vacuum high frequency dry method: the rubber pad in upper part presses the wood with high compression to dry so that the wood slab does not twist or bend. But its application varies kind to kind and weather to weather and it sometimes takes 5 years for a wood slab fully dried.
All timbers used for Padlio are the best quality possible and each product comes with a unique digits and information on dry method, date of the dry and details of painting. Species of trees used are zelkova, bubinga, wallnut, zebra, afromosha and wenji.
Yoo travels himself every corner of the world in search of the best timbers with highly experienced eye to discern good ones from the bad. One of the things that makes wood slab charming is that even though it is the same kind the color and texture are unique which makes it a one of a kind in the world. For this reason, customers are willing to open their purse even thought it is quite expensive.
"Wood slab is unique in every term and it boasts high transparency and has no unpleasant smell and contain no harmful substances. I'm ambitious to grow the wood slab brand Padlio as a global brand over Korea and I'm determined to make it happen."
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