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When it comes to designing a space that exudes warmth, comfort, and elegance, nothing quite compares to the beauty of natural wood and timber. From rustic cabins nestled in the woods to sleek modern homes, wood and timber have been used for centuries to create stunning architectural masterpieces that stand the test of time.
Whether it's the rich, warm tones of mahogany, the rustic charm of reclaimed barn wood, or the sleek, modern lines of engineered timber, there is something undeniably special about working with wood. Perhaps it's the fact that each piece is unique, with its own natural imperfections and grain patterns that add character and depth to any space.
One of the most appealing aspects of using wood and timber in architecture is the versatility that these materials offer. Think structural support, decorative accents, floors, arches… Wood can be used in a variety of ways to create stunning designs that are both functional and beautiful. The charm of this material is totally universal; the exposed timber beams in a loft-style apartment or the intricate wood carvings of a historic building are in their own ways, timeless.
Of course, the use of wood and timber in architecture isn't just about aesthetics – these materials are also incredibly durable and long-lasting. With proper care and maintenance, wood can last for generations, making it an excellent choice for both residential and commercial construction. And, with advancements in technology and engineering, today's architects have more options than ever when it comes to using wood in their designs.
In this article, we’ll dive deep into our favourite and most trusted wood and timber suppliers and brands in the UK and Europe. From oak and maple to cherry and cedar, each wood supplier has its own unique properties, with a wide variety of stains and finishes available for any project you can imagine. If you like interior design content tailor-made for designers, don’t forget to subscribe to our newsletter.
With decades of industry experience, the team at Ark One is composed of dynamic professionals who specialise not only in wood flooring, but also in the design, planning, development, construction, and management of numerous award-winning projects. From multi-million pound global headquarters fit-outs to bijou one-bedroom apartments, the team at Ark One has the expertise to deliver the highest standards of luxury and design to any aesthetic.
Ark One takes pride in its focus on wood flooring. From the elegant simplicity of wide planks to bespoke and elaborate panel installations, Ark One is committed to delivering the highest quality of craftsmanship to every project. As wood specialists, Ark One understands the importance of environmental impact and sources only from responsibly managed and actively replenished forests, ensuring that every product is part of a natural cycle.
At Ark One, creative flair, innovative design, meticulous planning, and a profound understanding of their clients' needs are at the forefront of their mission. Their aim is to help people manifest their creative vision and transform ordinary places into outstanding spaces. This can mean completely bespoke flooring (including even wavy planks for the most adventurous designers) and colours, or perhaps a perfect colour match to a previous swatch of wood you adore. Prices range from £90/m2 up to top end £180/m2, so there's plenty of scope for all types of projects. We're obsessed!
For over 50 years, AH Peck has been a fixture on Lower Richmond Road in Putney, South West London, steeped in traditional values and led by Managing Director Corey Osman. Mr. Osman's expertise in parquetry techniques, reclaimed flooring, and luxury wood finishing has been passed down through three generations, ensuring that the company remains at the forefront of its craft.
At the heart of AH Peck's philosophy is a commitment to sourcing the finest woods from Europe and surrounding regions. The company's expert product sourcing team is dedicated to locating the perfect natural wood to complement their clients' homes. Once the materials are secured, they are passed on to the experienced team of craftsmen to fine-tune into stunning parquet, wide-plank, and solid wood floors.
AH Peck's craftsmanship is renowned for its meticulous attention to detail. The range of equipment used by their carpenters and finishers is carefully selected to ensure floor finishing of the highest standard. With some of the rarest and finest machinery known to the flooring industry, the company applies its unique finishing to new, reclaimed, and period flooring.
For AH Peck, a floor is more than just the wood and the finish applied - it is about creating a home and bringing a room to life. Their personalized approach guides the customer on a journey from idea to concept to completion, ensuring a transparent process where peace of mind is paramount. Whether it's Herringbone, Chevron, or Versailles parquet through an entire home or a single floor, the level of service provided is consistent with the expectations AH Peck sets for itself and its clients. At AH Peck, the focus is on crafting timeless elegance in wood flooring that will be cherished for generations to come.
AJK Wood Flooring
At the heart of AJK Wood Flooring’s ethos is a commitment to excellence, which is reflected in its team of highly skilled professionals. With a blend of experienced tradesmen and master artisans, the team is dedicated to delivering exceptional results. Each member takes pride in their work and is dedicated to ensuring that every detail is executed with precision and care, no matter how small.
When it comes to installation, the company's installers understand the importance of taking the time to get every detail right. With meticulous planning, the team uses only the best materials and primers, damp-proof membranes, and levelling compounds, to ensure a seamless and efficient installation with minimal disruption to your design.
Safety is a top priority for the supplier, and all members of the AJK Wood Flooring team have rigorous training in health and safety practices, with appropriate certification and CSCS cards. The company is also proud to have received health and safety accreditation from Acclaim, part of Constructionline.
In addition to quality and safety, the company is committed to responsible environmental practices. The team emphasises the importance of sourcing materials from well-managed forest resources and is dedicated to achieving environmental best practices throughout its activities. The company complies with all relevant environmental legislation, regulations, and codes of practice, and works to minimise its environmental impact by reducing noise, dust, and waste wherever possible. Love!
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