Wood
 

All joinery (schrijnwerk) is made out of Mulman Teak.

   
Seat

 

General

The seat consists of a wooden framework where a “biezen” mat covers the hole.  This mat is covered with Flexible Polyurethane Foam (FPF).  The Seat is then finalized with a covering in Alcantara.

 

Covering

As mentioned above, the seats are covered with Alcantara.

 

Soft to the touch, rich and brilliant in color, comfortable, durable, easy to maintain, versatile, unique and inimitable: all this and more stand behind Alcantara®, the revolutionary textile that has captured the attention of the international market by merit of its unmistakable quality.

 

Also have a look at the Alcantara® Maintenance Instructions at the Alcantara Website.

 

 

Steel

 

All steel fittings in our furniture are made out of Stainless Steel

There is hardly a material thinkable that has found its way to so many applications in such a short period of time as stainless steel. Only developed in the first decade of the 20th century stainless steels are irreplaceable in the world today. Although kitchen sinks, refrigerators and other consumer goods are probably the most visible applications it is the industrial application where stainless steel has its biggest impact on our daily lives. Some chemicals couldn’t be produced without the use of corrosion resistant vessels and piping systems. Oil & gas production would often be close to impossible or very costly without the successful application of stainless steel. But what is stainless steel?  An answer to this question you can find here.

 
Lapis Lazuli

 

The Stainless Steel fittings are in-laid with Semiprecious Stone called Lapis Lazuli

 

FACTS :

 

Hardness: 5 to 5 1/2
Colors: Deep blue, azure blue, greenish blue (bluish color with flecks of white and gold), Top Blue Navy, Blue with Pyrite Flecks, Top Blue, Top Royal Blue Navy

Chemical Composition : lazurite (Na3CaAl3Si3O12S), pyrite (FeS2) and calcite (Ca(CO3))
Crystal Structure
: Isometric
Luster: Excellent Polish
Origin: Afganistan, Chile, Russia, USA
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“Lapis” means “Stone” in Latin and “Lazuli” stems from “azul” which means “Blue” in Arabic.  It literally means "blue rock" and is actually a rock rather than a mineral and is classified under the Semiprecious Stones. It is composed of a highly variable mixture of the minerals lazurite that it provides the characteristic blue color, calcite that produce the grey and white veins, and pyrite which decorates the stone with its golden reflections. The best Lapis Lazuli is uniformly deep blue in color, being opaque to semi-translucent and consist almost totally of lazurite.

This semiprecious stone, that by its intense and exclusive blue color always has been symbol of purity, health, elegance, luck and nobility, has been mined in Afghanistan for over 6,000 years and in Chile for more than 2,000 years. The Babylonian and Sumerians created their splendorous jewels with lapis lazuli originating  from the Afghan deposit.  The Greeks attributed curative properties to him and the Egyptian Pharaohs used it in their main thrones.  Cleopatra used the lapis lazuli dust like first cosmetic for eyes.  Later, during the Renaissance, recognized painters such as Leonardo da Vinci and Fra Angelica used it as a resistant blue pigment.

In earlier civilizations the lovely blue lapis Lazuli shared with turquoise the distinction of being among the most prized of all gemstones. Descriptions by Pliny and other historians leave little doubt that Lapis Lazuli was the sapphire of the ancients.

Lapis Lazuli was revered in both Egypt and Babylonia and was believed to be a cure for melancholy. The Egyptian high priest wore a Lapis Lazuli image of Mat, the goddess of truth, around his neck.

When lapis was first introduced to Europe, it was called ultramarinum, which means beyond the sea. Ground lapis was the secret of the blue in ultramarine, the pigment which painters used to paint the sea and the sky until the nineteenth century. Lapis was also popular in inlays. The Romans believed that lapis was also a powerful aphrodisiac. In the Middle Ages, it was thought to keep the limbs healthy and free the soul from error, envy and fear.

Lapis Lazuli is still mined at the deposits of the ancient world in Afghanistan. Now days, Lapis Lazuli of deep blue shade is mainly mined in Chile

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Lapis Lazuli Metaphysical Powers

As inscribed in the 140th chapter of the Egyptian Book of the Dead, Lapis Lazuli, in the shape of an eye set in gold, was considered an amulet of great power. On the last day of the month, an offering was made before this symbolic eye, for it was believed that on that day, the supreme being placed such an image on his head.

Lapis Lazuli is said to be associated with self-confidence, truthfulness, openness and inner tranquility. Lapis Lazuli is the ancient stone of mental and psychological health. It promotes spiritual healing, mental calmness and strength of will. It increases psychic abilities and allows for spiritual growth.

When used during meditation, it aids in detaching one from the physical body and allowing for a deeper and more open state of consciousness. Therefore, for a beginner it can be quite scary and create a feeling of panic as one feels as if he/she is loosing touch with the body completely. As a result, it is wonderful for establishing a connection with the creative force and receiving information from other plains of consciousness.

It is a good stone for emotional healing. According to the wonderful book "Love is in the Earth - A Kaleidoscope of Crystals, Melody" (Copyright 1991, Earth-Love Publishing House, it enables one to obtain relief from that which has been presses into the shallow recesses of the mind, providing objectivity, clarity and mental endurance during release of emotional bondage. It helps for diminishment of the internal smoldering fire which leads to disease. It stimulates the communicative facets of the self, providing for clarity and responsiveness during the release of information. Lapis Lazuli is also a very powerful tool for dream work.