Fatamorgana Group is a small company that builds all types of furniture: residential furniture for every room in the house (bathroom, kitchen, bedroom, dining room, kids room) as well as wooden doors and staircases.
We also provide our customers with help in order to design the kind of furniture they desire. When Fatamorgana Group was founded in 2007, its focus was to design and build solid wood furniture that integrates function and endurance with an emphasis on detail. Since we grew bigger in 2009 our company has remained committed to our founding mission. For building furniture we mainly use solid wood, plywood, but also medium-density fibreboard (MDF) if required by the customer.
We will always find the best solution for the customers without compromising on quality.
Trees and Wood
Wood has been used for thousands of years for fuel, as a construction material, for making tools and weapons, furniture and paper, and as a feedstock for the production of purified cellulose and its derivatives, such as cellophane and cellulose acetate.
Hardwood and Softwood
It is common to classify wood as either softwood or hardwood. The wood from conifers (e.g. pine) is called softwood, and the wood from dicotyledons (usually broad-leaved trees, (e.g. oak) is called hardwood. These names are a bit misleading, as hardwoods are not necessarily hard, and softwoods are not necessarily soft. The well-known balsa (a hardwood) is actually softer than any commercial softwood. Conversely, some softwoods (e.g. yew) are harder than many hardwoods.
There is a strong relationship between the properties of wood and the properties of the particular tree that yielded it. The density of wood varies with species. The density of a wood correlates with its strength (mechanical properties). For example, mahogany is a medium-dense hardwood that is excellent for fine furniture crafting, whereas balsa is light, making it useful for model building. One of the densest woods is black ironwood.
Known softwood trees and uses
- Douglas fir - joinery, doors and heavy construction
- Eastern white pine - furniture
- European spruce - used throughout construction, panelling and cladding
- Larch - used for cladding and boats
- Lodgepole pine - roofing, flooring and in making chipboard and particle board
- Parana pine - stair treads and joinery
- Scots pine - construction industry, mostly for interior work
- Sitka spruce - construction
- Southern yellow pine - joinery, flooring and decking
- Western hemlock - doors, joinery and furniture
- Western red cedar (or red cedar) - furniture, decking, cladding, and roof shingles
- Yew - interior and exterior furniture e.g. chairs, gate posts and wood turning
Hardwoods are employed in a large range of applications, including fuel, tools, construction, boat building, furniture making, musical instruments, flooring, cooking, barrels, and manufacture of charcoal. Solid hardwood joinery tends to be expensive compared to softwood. In the past, tropical hardwoods were easily available, but the supply of some species, such as Burma teak and mahogany, is now becoming scarce due to over-exploitation. Cheaper "hardwood" doors, for instance, now consist of a thin veneer bonded to a core of softwood, plywood or medium-density fibreboard (MDF). Hardwoods may be used in a variety of objects, but are most frequently seen in furniture or musical instruments because of their density which adds to durability, appearance, and performance. Different species of hardwood lend themselves to different end uses or construction processes. This is due to the variety of characteristics apparent in different timbers, including density, grain, pore size, growth and fibre pattern, flexibility and ability to be steam bent. For example, the interlocked grain of elm wood (Ulmus spp.) makes it suitable for the making of chair seats where the driving in of legs and other components can cause splitting in other woods