- Brand:Van Rossum
- Designer:Samuel Barclay
- Production:Made to Order
- Customizable Finish:Available
- Customizable Size:N/A
- Customizable Upholstery:N/A
- Sustainable Certificates:FSC Certified Wood
At Van Rossum, they owe their extensive knowledge of oak to a special close relationship with their French supplier. The people who work there go into the forest every day. They know every tree and as a result, they know exactly what is being sold at the auctions held by the French National Forestry Services. Some 5 -10 years after planting young saplings, the National Forestry Service selects the stronger trees that will be allowed to mature. An interim selection is made 20 years later, and the final selection follows after another 30 years. The trees that eventually remain are free to grow to an age of about 100 years before literally facing the axe. It is a time consuming process, whereby man creates the optimum growing conditions for a tree, but nature sets the pace.
The oak timber that has been purchased is not transported to the Netherlands immediately. It is left to dry and rest in a sawmill before being cut. Depending on the thickness of the planks, it can take up to 4 years before the timber is eventually loaded for transport.
After earning bachelor degrees in architecture and civil engineering, Samuel went on to obtain his Masters in Architecture from the Southern California Institute of Architecture in 2004. He practiced in Los Angeles with Studio Works Architects before moving to India in 2006 to work with Studio Mumbai. In 2013, he co-founded Case Design with his wife Erica Barclay, a practice rooted in India engaging in collaborative design processes to create spaces and objects of all scales that deeply impact human interactions and the shared environment.