P R E S S E M E L D U N G
Boldly elegant in palmwood
Comeback of an extravagant Art Deco material
Several years ago, a client’s request induced designer and interior architect Nora Gabriele Berger
to research Art Deco interiors – initiating a quiet, yet exciting renaissance of palmwood as a material
for timelessly elegant designer furniture. At the 2016 IMM Cologne Nora Gabriel will for the first time
present extravagant First Class Furniture made of this extraordinary material. Working with palmwood
is as challenging as it is rewarding.
Art deco designer Eugène Printz was famous for his palmwood furniture. Since then, no other designer has
accorded palmwood a similar degree of mastery and attention. Due to its challenging nature, the only
palmwood objects to be found on the market today are relatively crude bowls, floors and doors. But in
addition to its remarkable aesthetic qualities palmwood is also an ecologically sound alternative to other
tropical woods, as it grows quickly and in abundance.
As an interior architect, Berger had developed excellent contacts to tile and veneer manufacturers in Africa,
and arranged for palmwood to be shipped directly from the Saharan region. Looking for expert woodworkers
in Leipzig, she found Graichen Möbelwerkstätten to be an ideal partner for realising her vision:
First Class Furniture – timelessly elegant furniture for the 21st century, extravagant palmwood veneer
combined with her very own bold language of forms. The Power of Palmwood furniture by Design Nora Gabriel
definitely has the potential to turn into 21st-century classics.