Only the most exclusive Tropical Hardwood is used for a OXO signature table. We travel the world to source each tabletop ourselves in counties like: Brazil, Thailand, New Zealand and Indonesia. Every table is handpicked locally and shipped to The Netherlands. We select for beauty, size and quality. All tables are legally sourced and have a FSC certificate or an equivalent depending on the country. Though we have a wide variety of exotic hardwood tables, we typically use Kauri, Pequia and Champa wood.
Champa wood comes from the North of Thailand or India and is important wood for some cultures in Asia. Magnolia champaca grows to 50 metres or taller. Its trunk can be up to 1.9 metres in diameter. The tree has a narrow umbelliform crown. It has strongly fragrant flowers in varying shades of cream to yellow-orange. Champa is very valuable wood and is used for sacred tempels in Southeast Asia. It has a fine texture and is used in furniture making and cabinetry.
Champa Wood - Black Wash
Champa Wood - Natural
Its botanical name is Caryocar Brasiliense and the Pequi tree is common in central Brazil. The tree grows up to 10 m (30 feet) tall. Pequi bears yellowish-white flowers. The fruits start off dark purple, turning olive green as they ripen. Ripe fruits are about the size of an orange. They resemble a mangosteen. The Pequi is usable for food and play an important role in the culture of indigenous people in Brazil. Fallen and burned Pequi hardwood is used for sculpturing very exclusive furniture.
Swam Kauri or ‘ancient Kauri’ are prehistoric Kauri trees (Agathis Australis) buried and preserved in peat up to 50.000 years ago in New Zealand’s North Island. Buried under a peat swamp by an unexplained act of nature at the end of the last Ice Age, the trees have survived the centuries underground, sealed in a chemically balance environment that has preserved the timber in perfect conditions. The tree is the national tree of New Zealand and some had a height of nearly 200 feet (60 meter).
Kauri trees are highly protected and even for excavation from the swamps a special license is needed. The so called C-14 method is used as best scientific proof of the ancienity of a Kauri tree. Kauri products typically come with an age certificate.