While putting together furniture packages for clients, I am often asked to recommend a statement piece. A statement piece is an article of furniture or design element that is a focal point in the home. Most clients buying a new condo or casa in Riviera Nayarit want something very different from what they have in their home north of the border. A perfect statement piece that is always a hit is the waterfall parota table with resin.
If you have ever been in the market for furniture in Mexico, there is little doubt you will have heard the word “parota.” Most people love this type of wood, and carpenters often use it in Mexico. You can see this wood in kitchen cabinets, closets and doors in many condos and casas that were built here before the turn of the century. This wood species, native to Mexico and Central America, is also referred to, although less commonly, as caro caro, Guanacaste, and raintree.
What makes it so beautiful is its warm honey color and intricate grain. It is a hardwood. Termites and wood-eating bugs are far less likely to choose it on which to munch. It is more resistant to staining when in contact with water – think water glasses that sweat! Parota trees are relatively fast-growing. They are resilient and as such, used in reforestation. For those interested in a material that is sustainable and good for the environment, this solution ticks that box.
Furniture and décor made from parota usually are finished to emphasize the natural wood. Natural oil is the preferred finish over lacquer for this wood since it shows off the beautiful essence of the wood better.
To add more pizzazz to a piece of furniture built with parota, I recommend two features.
These are a live edge and a waterfall side. Live edge incorporates the natural edge of the wood into the design of the piece of furniture. Furniture usually has straight edges. The uneven lines of a live edge piece of wood make it unique. No two pieces of furniture will ever be the same.
In a package we put together for a client, we included a live-edge parota headboard in their master bedroom. Stunning and statement! A piece of furniture with a waterfall side or edge gives it additional depth and dimension. Rather than stopping abruptly at its edge, the parota continues vertically down the side of the piece of furniture. The whole item appears seamless; a solid form that flows from its top to the floor.
Although a piece of parotta furniture with a live edge and waterfall side is stunning, adding just one more component can make it even more spectacular. One of the features of parotta is that it comes with imperfections. There may be holes, splits, or cracks in the wood. Some manufacturers of parotta furniture creatively use resins to fill in the imperfections. You can get resin in a clear epoxy or a spectrum of stunning colors. The resulting piece is simply spectacular and fits well into almost any décor style.
Looking for a statement piece? Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org for names of reputable manufacturers in Mexico.