For “neat and functional” furniture creations, more and more designers are taking an ‘out-of-the-box’ approach to species selection. Tulipwood is taking the design industry by storm, and for good reason.
The sapwood is creamy white and may be streaked, with the heartwood varying from pale yellowish brown to olive green. The green color in the heartwood will tend to darken on exposure to light and turn brown. The wood has a medium to fine texture and is straight-grained; has a comparatively uniform texture, and it takes and holds paint, enamel and stain exceptionally well.
For the interior space of Madrid’s recently modernized Prim Hall, architect and project manager Ana Jiménez Díaz-Valero “needed sturdy wood of great aesthetic beauty and from sustainable forests.” She chose American Red Oak.
“Wood offers good acoustic performance, allows you to create unique shapes and provides warmth,” says Ana Jiménez. “For the project’s ceiling, floor and front and rear walls, red oak suited my aspirations for the project perfectly. And I was happy to use American red oak because of the strong environmental credential of American hardwoods.” Learn more.