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Ingredients of traditional beauty.

an image from yaky's collection Wood is by far the main ingredient in Chinese and Asian traditional furniture making. Over the centuries, craftsmen have made the most out of pear, rose, blackwood and elm, depending on the province of origin.

Lighter woods, such as the unique Chinese fir, were normally used to manufacture frames and doors.

An elemental form in classic Chinese furniture is the platform. Whether sitting or sleeping, an individual is kept in place — and balance — solely by the force of gravity. Platforms may be of a suitable size for one person, or rather large enough to accommodate a group of people. Nicely set in wooden frames, resting surface are often made of rattan (interwoven bamboo listels), sometimes reinforced by underlying nets of ropes.

East Asian lacquer is a resin made from the sap of the Rhus verniciflua tree, which is native to the area. In essence, lacquer is a natural plastic; it is remarkably resistant to water, acid, and, to a certain extent, heat. It is used as a clear or colored coating and is very often found in classical Chinese furniture. Not only does this treatment add to the beauty of the finished item, it also allows using irregular surfaces by fixing cracks, scratches and bumps.

The use of metal is generally limited to handles and some decorative inserts, in brass- and bronze-like alloys.