Korea’s Antique Style Furniture
The most common wood used in making furniture is pine, a large fast-growing tree found in all over Korea. Another favored wood is Paulownia which is light and soft, attaining forty feet or more in height and producing a fragrant lavender flower in the spring.
Paulownia doesn't warp and resists cracking. It has also unique features with dehumidification and air purification. And It's colours are darkened by being pressed with hot irons, then brushed to highlight the wood surface.
Koreans valued nature and natural materials and the furniture making was also highly considered by the original wood itself. So, they are very strict to arrange for their good wood materials in general. Meanwhile, it is the most beautiful aspect of the piece making quality furniture. When it comes to the Korean Antique Style Furniture, Straight lines and square shapes were considered ideal, but simple curves in the tops or bases were added.
The selection of wood for any furniture was determined by its style. Sturdy storage case and others with heavy- bottom pressure were made of thick pine. The others were made with paulownia.