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2015 International Wood Released

Tuesday, November 3, 2015  

For Immediate Release
October 18, 2015
Media Contact: Mike Burita (202) 420-9361

Flowing Organic Coffee House Walls, Luxury Curves in a Lexus Showroom, Root Sculptures, Unique Outdoor Rocking Toys for Children, Malaysian Timber in Paradise, and Responsible Sourcing Through The Borneo Initiative

Alexandria, Virginia Malaysian timber increases the luxury quotient at the Maldives Paradise Island Resort and Spa. Caribbean Heart Pine is used to refurbish the Octavia Art Gallery in New Orleans.  Two artists both source Southeast Asian woods to create extraordinary root sculptures and unique outdoor rocking chairs for children.  A Borneo Initiative market coordinator stresses the difference between legality and sustainability in the wood products market and why sustainability is important.  These stories and much more can be found in the 2015 edition of the award-winning International Wood: The Guide to Applications, Sources and Trends. The International Wood Products Association (IWPA) unveils the latest issue this week.


Fans of International Wood look forward to the latest trends and cutting edge applications in the imported woods market and this years edition doesnt disappoint, said IWPA Executive Director Cindy Squires.  Our readers want assurance of legal and responsibly sourced wood products from around the world, which is why were pleased to present this Buyers Guide and an interview with the North America market links coordinator for The Borneo Initiative, a model approach to certification of sustainable forest management.


“We’re especially excited about this year’s inclusion of an updated Source Box to allow woodworkers and specifiers to immediately learn more about the species highlighted in our articles.” Said IWPA President Craig Forester of Rex Lumber Company. “Readers can then turn to Rex Lumber Company to immediately learn more about the suppliers that can help them source the most beautiful and highest performance wood products from around the world.”


In the article, Zen and the Art of Stylish Kitchen Design, designer Erica Westeroth describes the use of unstained ribbon Genuine Mahogany for kitchen cabinetry, The warm, reddish color and linear grain of the ribbon Mahogany appealed to my clients aesthetic and was just a natural solution for this residence.


In DonCafé House by Innarch: The Inside Scoop, a trendy Kosovo café features an organically flowing wall constructed of 1,365 pieces of four centimeter thick Poplar plywood from Serbia, this element ripples gracefully throughout the space, functioning as seating in the main area as well as a display unit behind the bar.


In Timeless Curves, interior designer Jillian Mitchell describes her use of Anigre for a Lexus showroom. The wood for this project was meticulously specified. From the furniture to the wall panels and casework, all of the wood was actually sourced from a single tree! This allowed us to closely control the grain for a consistent look throughout all the wood details in the space. It was vital for the look we wanted to achieve and it was worth it.


Reaching over 20,000 key decision makers involved in the specification, manufacture, import and distribution of wood products in North America, International Wood (IW) remains unique to trade publications.  It has won multiple past Gold, Silver and Bronze awards for Design, Production and Printing from Association TRENDS, and is considered the bible of the imported wood community.  International Wood also offers an invaluable directory of industry suppliersa real must have for anyone involved in sourcing wood products.


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Established in 1956, the International Wood Products Association (  is the leading international trade association for the North American imported wood products industry, representing 220 companies and trade associations engaged in the import of hardwoods and softwoods from sustainably managed forests.  Association members consist of three key groups involved in the import process: U.S. importers and consuming industries, offshore manufacturers and the service providers that facilitate trade.



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