Project: Oak chairs 
Location: Private home, Madrid
Date of realization: June 2014

These chairs have been custom designed to complement an existing table.
Oak was the wood of choice due to its color and grain pattern. The exact species is not known, but it is confirmed that the wood was imported from Romania. This detail deserves mentioning as it seems due to marketing reasons wood from Romania is labeled "European Oak" while German or Polish oak for example are labeled as such. The reason for this ambiguous labeling by the wood industry exists, as I was told by my purveyor, because of brand credibility. How far have we come to apply economical, social or political evaluations to grade the quality of a tree that has been growing on some land for maybe 100 years "minding his own business"?


An oak is a tree or shrub in the genus Quercus (/ˈkwɜrkəs/;[1] Latin "oak tree") of the beech family Fagaceae, having approximately 600 extant species. The common name "Oak" may also appear in the names of species in related genera, notably Lithocarpus. The genus is native to the Northern Hemisphere, and includes deciduous andevergreen species extending from cool temperate to tropical latitudes in Asia and the Americas. North America contains the largest number of oak species, with approximately 90 occurring in the United States. Mexico has 160 species, of which 109 are endemic. The second greatest center of oak diversity is China, which contains approximately 100 species.
Oaks have spirally arranged leaves, with lobate margins in many species; some have serrated leaves or entire leaves with smooth margins. Many deciduous species aremarcescent, not dropping dead leaves until spring. In spring, a single oak tree produces both male flowers (in the form of catkins) and small female flowers.[3] The fruit is anut called an acorn, borne in a cup-like structure known as a cupule; each acorn contains one seed (rarely two or three) and takes 6–18 months to mature, depending on species. The live oaks are distinguished for being evergreen, but are not actually a distinct group and instead are dispersed across the genus.

Fotos: Juan Alcón Durán