Home: a sacred place where we cultivate a peaceful environment. Forever breathing life into a Pinterest-perfect vision to reflect the vibrance and character of its inhabitants. No doubt we have tried it all; from Feng shui to embracing minimalism in hopes of achieving that magazine-worthy ‘zen’ vibe.
We recently visited a local furniture company that imports unique, exotic woods and fell in love with the entire showroom. When fine furniture has a story to tell, it adds incredible value. According to the owners at Artemano, the home is an “escape” and “daily life is the most beautiful journey.” Given the international vibe behind each furnishing, this couldn’t be truer to their brand. Each piece is crafted from high-quality exotic woods which hail from around the globe, which include: Mango, Acacia, Rosewood, Suar, and the endangered Teak.
What’s unique about Artemano’s use of teak, is that they use recycled teak, or reclaimed materials. So no teak trees are being cut down for production. In addition, the remaining teak stumps are being used to create pieces that are full of character, without affecting the few remaining trees on the planet.
Beyond simple furnishings, our creations bring to light the organic beauty of wood. Pairing unique handcrafted pieces of furniture with new owners to capture and express who they are is a privilege that we cherish every day.
During our visit to the St. Laurent street location in Montreal’s plateau, we instantly fell in love with the pieces on display. After chatting with their friendly staff and snapping a few photos, we discovered that Shimon takes in interest in photography. We were particularly intrigued by the story behind the mango tree.
Once the tree can no longer produce fruit, it is no longer considered to be of much use. At this stage, the trees are cut down to be used as raw materials to create furniture. Mango trees are considered to be a sustainable alternative as furniture wood. Neat!
The following Q&A was done with Shimon Finkelstien, to gain a deeper understanding of the vision behind Artemano. This interview answers questions that may circulate among our fellow environmentalist readers. Those of you who are always on the look-out for cutting-edge brands and companies who deliver quality products, while creating a minimal impact on the environment – look no further.
JN: Is environmental sustainability an important factor in your business model?
JN: I understand that you take an interest in photography. Where in the world was your favourite place to shoot?
JN: Which pieces should we expect to see in your home, and why?
JN: Given that teak is a rare type of wood, how difficult is it to recover the remaining ‘stumps’ from trees that have already been cut down?
JN: The reclaimed wood that is used in several of your furniture pieces creates a beautiful mosaic for each piece. Do you feel that more businesses should follow a similar method?
JN: I’m sure it’s tough to choose, but which is your favourite wood?
JN: How far have you travelled to discover new and interesting raw materials?
JN: Is it difficult to stay competitive in this industry?
JN: Being based in both Montreal and Toronto, would you say that there’s a difference in ‘taste’ between the two cities?
If you are curious to know more about the inspiration behind Artemano, visit the blog section on their website. You will also find a helpful Q&A section that should answer any design questions that you may have.
Every day in your home should be a getaway. We couldn’t agree more!
Perhaps it’s time that you paid a visit to Artemano yourself, so you can become inspired to turn your home into a vacation paradise.