For ISTVÁN TUKACS and GYÖRGY ÁCS, wood is not only a construction material, but a way of life. The two owners of the Hungarian furniture manufacturer „STOKI“ build distinctive furniture with traditional methods, using wood from local fruit trees and hard deciduous trees.
„Wood has always been a symbol of quality and elegance in furniture manufacturing. Only nowadays, fewer professionals process the natural material by hand, meaning that wooden furniture manufactured using traditional methods has become something of a curiosity”, say István Tukacs and György Ács. „Wood is a living material. Even after being processed, it does not stop breathing, moving, or changing - whether it is in furniture, in the ground or in a wooden house.” „Our profession and respect for the natural wood product demand that the piece of furniture made by us is worthy of the raw material“, remarks István Tukacs. Therefore, it is important to the two wood engineers to preserve the characteristics of the wood and to treat it using natural means. Therefore, the design furniture is protected exclusively using the high-quality oils and waxes of OLI-NATURA, which highlight the natural grain, colour and beauty of the wood.
The young entrepreneurs learned the wood craft from scratch and gained professional experience in Germany and abroad. In 2012, they founded the furniture manufactory „STOKI“, to create something of their own. István György and Ács Tukacs work predominantly with local fruit and hard deciduous trees, which must in no way be „perfect“. „In mass production, all naturally occurring changes in the wood are viewed as defects which increase the cost of processing and restrict availability. Such defects include, for example, columns, nodes, various discolourations and deformities”, says István Tukacs. „We, however, look out for such „defects“ especially. Such deformities and nature-inspired colour patches make a table top or dresser particularly unique, and the production of a duplicate is simply impossible,“ says György Ács and adds: „The changes in the wood do often make our job more difficult, because the material is more difficult to saw and slice. But in the end the result always makes up for the extra work.“
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