Log buildings, docks, fences, telecommunication poles, wood flooring or charcoal — this is what palm tree wood is usually used for nowadays. It’s known for being difficult to handle and dulling saws quickly (because palm trees are, in fact, not trees but monocots; a group of plants that includes orchids, grass, bamboo and corn).
But it was not always so. Palm wood tree has seen very glamorous days in the Art Deco period in France during the 1920s and 1930s. French architects, interior and furniture designers such as Eugène Printz, Pierre Chareau, Clement Rousseau or Robert Mallet-Stevens made excessive use of palm tree wood at that time. From walls to vases, bowls to shelves, lamps to desks — palm wood reigned supreme.
And soon fell into oblivion.
It’s time for a resurrection.