HOW THIS DESIGNER BRAND IS PRESERVING TRADITION, NATURE, AND A 500-YEAR-OLD ARTISANAL HERITAGE BY CREATING DOMESTIC WORKS OF ART
Here at the Dump, our focus is normally on urgency. Our designer showroom pieces are always one-of-a-kinds, so they don’t last long, and once they’re gone, well— they’re gone. While that is definitely the case with our newest showroom deal, we’ve decided to show our customers what can happen when you slow down, discover beauty and inspiration in the smallest details, and, if only for a moment, take your time.
For designer brand, Taracea, time is a tangible material, used to transform large pieces of recovered wood into richly expressive, wildly artistic, handmade home furniture. Each part of their process requires the precision and patience of skilled artisans, masterfully versed in traditional Mexican woodworking techniques passed down through centuries of perfected craftsmanship and cultural expression.
In an effort to reduce waste and cultivate sustainable practices, Taracea sources its wood from fallen trees. Whether brought down by a storm or age-felled, Taracea ensures that the trees have fallen naturally— and recovers them using a time-intensive process to avoid damaging the surrounding ecosystem. This retrieval process can take years to complete, but ultimately enriches the environment as a whole.
Aged, found woods are another of Taracea’s source materials. The specific, irreplicable effects of time color the wood with history and character. Allowing a true aging process creates authentic, beautiful, rare qualities within the wood, that are then highlighted in Taracea’s designs.
Control. Patience. Transformation. Taracea’s repurposing processes represent a deep, expert-understanding of the material, and well-honed creative technique. Their kiln drying process can last anywhere from one week to three years, and depending on its shape, size, and species, a piece of wood can take up to several decades to completely prepare for the showroom floor.
Taracea also achieves a seemingly-impossible aesthetic, using a unique finishing technique— natural petrification. After burying wood in a specific soil composition, Taracea waits, allowing natural minerals to slowly fossilize the wood into stone. This process takes years— and the result is worth the wait.
Visit the Grand Opening of the Deerfield Dump this weekend to explore the masterfully-crafted, designer Taracea collection. Take time to admire the intricate details of these pieces, but be sure to take home your favorite finds this weekend. From elegant dining tables and chairs, to sofas framed in bold, textural Guanacaste wood, to intricate media consoles, writing desks, and bars, each of these time-shaped pieces is a unique find from Taracea’s showroom at the International Home Furnishings Center— and one of the best deals to hit any Dump floor in the country.