In simplest terms, lacquer is a very hard, durable finish that is resistant to damage by water, acid, alkali or abrasion. Lacquer comes from the sap of the tree species Rhus Veniciflua, commonly known as the Varnish Tree. Once refined it can be applied to many surfaces, each layer being laboriously wet-sanded to create increasing depth and lustre.
Thailand has an ideal climate for natural lacquer, as humidity is required for the drying process. However today, there is almost no use of natural lacquer in Thailand; most ‘lacquers’ sold are made from synthetic products.
Our lacquer workshop uses only fine natural lacquer and employs the traditional methods used by Jean Dunand and Sugiwara – who established the lacquer workshop of Eileen Gray in the 1920’s, as well as developing new and innovative ways to apply lacquer to our other workshop materials such as gold leaf and stingray. The resulting textures and surfaces exude a meeting point of European and Japanese craftsmanship.