Wood is an interior design staple. It’s an organic, durable material that matches any style and adds a warm feel to our interiors.
Acacia exists in the form of a tree or shrub (one of its best-known varieties is the Mimosa). It has a range of s uses, from being the most widely used wood in Egypt for making boats and statues, to the production of modern furniture. This comes as no surprise – it’s a highly resistant, abundant and fast-growing type of wood.
Did you know that there are about 700 species of eucalyptus? Thanks to its rapid growth, it’s one of the most widely used trees for wood and paper processing, as well as having therapeutic uses in the form of eucalyptus oil. Oh, and it’s a great mosquito repellent! Eucalyptus wood is very strong so it can even be used for outdoor furniture and tolerates any kind of impact very well.
Oak is the carpenter’s wood of choice thanks to its strength, durability and interesting shades. Plus, it’s one of the most highly sought-after types because oak trees are slow growing. Did you know that oak was used to create tools before iron was discovered? And if you like good wine, you'll know that many varieties are aged in oak barrels. Of course, we like oak the most when we see it in high quality furniture.
When it comes to history, pine comes out top. It’s one of the most primitive trees we know about. In fact, it used to be known as The Tree. Its growth is slow but as we know, all good things come to those who wait. And since we're Mediterranean, we'll boast about it :-) The pinus halepensis species is of Mediterranean origin and is one of the woods with highest resistance to aridity and high temperatures. It’s also the wildest of the species because it doesn’t grow straight.
We’re sure you've seen spectacular autumnal scenes of red and orange leaves – 90% of the time these are from beech trees, one of Europe’s most popular species. The beech is a type of tree that grows and adapts to very diverse environments and is a widely used wood thanks to its favourable reaction to different finishes. It looks good in all of them!
We admit to being huge fans of teak wood and we have plenty of reasons to be: it’s highly tolerant of moisture and free of the microorganisms derived from it, it is highly resistant and durable, and, has the one thing we all want: it keeps looking great the older it gets! Want to know the best thing about teak? You get to decide the tone. Initially, it has a vivid colour, reminiscent of wood used in an oriental environment. Over time, you can keep that colour by using suitable oils, or let it age and take on wonderfully rustic tones for country-style décor.
Did you know that latex is of natural origin? It’s true! It’s extracted from this tropical plant. In fact, the Mayans already used rubber to create ancient weapons for launching rocks. It is water repellent, and insulates temperature and electricity. Its wood is resistant yet light and has some of the most beautiful tones to be found in any wood thanks to its typically finer grain.
Ash is curved and is an easily-moulded wood. Its strength and tolerance of impact make it the most widely-used wood for functional furniture. Even the root of the ash is highly valued in cabinetmaking thanks to its beautiful shapes.
Without a doubt, walnut is one of the most sought-after and beautiful woods in cabinetmaking and carpentry. Its grey hues contrast with an intense brown and looks spectacular on furniture, floors, stairs and doors. Plus, it has the most desirable quality of all: it’s highly resistant and keeps looking great the older it gets. So, furniture made with walnut is very durable.
Birch is prominent in Nordic interior design thanks to its light colour and, of course, the fact that it grows abundantly in northern Europe. It rose to fame in the Liberty, Art Nouveau and Modernism styles, and later became one of the woods that is still common in the manufacture of plywood and quality furniture and cabinetmaking.
Historically, fir is one of the most commonly-used woods in construction, thanks to its beautiful pinkish colours. It is also one of the most damp-resistant. That’s why its most common uses are in furniture veneer and building cladding. We all know that fir is everyone’s favourite at Christmas time, but did you know that it is also used to manufacture the famous Stradivarius violins?
This wood is hard and light at the same time. It’s a tropical wood, mainly used in fine carpentry, for decorative veneers and luxury furniture. Did you know that the tree is known as rain tree? This is because it is one of the leafiest trees and its leaves close up at the first signs of rain.
If you’re looking for a piece of furniture that can withstand the test of time and retain its appearance and resistance, look no further than one made from mango wood. There are all kinds of handmade furniture designed in this wood, such as shelves, tables, coffee tables, chairs, dressers and other custom-made furniture. Plus, it has a wide variety of colours ranging from blond shades to dark chestnut or pinkish hues.
Mindi wood is usually hand-worked and produces furniture with natural imperfections that give it a different and unique touch, so it is often used in vintage-style décor. This wood also has a distinctive colour – light on the surface but coffee-brown inside. Its hardness, elegance and resistance make it one of the most widely used materials for interior furniture.
At Kave Home we want to make furniture that shares your values. That's why we work with solid wood – a natural, biodegradable material – that is FSC®, FLEGT and PEFC certified to guarantee it originates from sustainable forests with controlled felling to protect the environment. The result? Design pieces that think green right from the start.
The best way to keep your wood in perfect condition is with Sterina solid wood cleaner and protector, suitable for indoor and outdoor furniture. This product is based on nanotechnology so it acts deep down and reaches every last millimetre of the surface, making cleaning more thorough and effective. One bottle is enough to clean five chairs or two 160cm tables, plus it’s effective for a whole year! It’s also eco-safe, so it’s kind to you and the environment. A little care goes a long way and your wood will thank you!
Metal is a durable and versatile material that is often used in interior décor thanks to its great design potential. The different types of metallic finishes give a contemporary feel often used in industrial styles and any modern ambiance.
Steel is derived from iron but is more durable and resistant. It can also be given different finishes and treatments, such as in stainless or galvanised steels, to make it resistant to UV rays while preventing corrosion and rust. Steel arrived on the interior design scene with a bang in industrial style décor and now it features heavily in other urban-style trends. It’s also the material of choice for furniture designed with open structures.
Maintenance: steel needs only minimal care – just give it a wipe over with a damp cloth, dry it and it’ll shine like new. But it doesn’t much like direct light and heat, so if you use it outdoors (galvanised steel), protect it with a waterproof cover and store it in a dry place to protect it from the rain, especially in autumn and winter.
After iron and steel, aluminium is the most widely-used metal. It is just as durable, but has the advantage of being a lighter material. Plus it’s waterproof, so it is even harder for it to rust or corrode. Its shine is a definite plus in interior design as it adds to the brightness of modern spaces. These qualities also make it a perfect material for outdoor furniture frames.
Maintenance: aluminium only needs minimal care – just give it a wipe over with a damp cloth, dry it and it’ll shine like new. But it doesn’t much like direct light and heat, so if you use it outdoors, protect it with a waterproof cover and store it in a dry place during the rainy season, autumn and winter.
Brass is a combination of copper and zinc. Its use dates back to the armour and decorative pieces worn in Ancient Roman times. Besides its attractiveness, it’s also a very malleable metal. Oh, and it’s highly resistant! More than a just a touch of glam, brass has now become an interior decoration must-have. And it’s been modernised with new, innovative finishes, some with more coppery tones and others with more shine.
Maintenance: brass needs only minimal care – just give it a wipe over with a damp cloth, dry it, and it’ll shine like new. If you have a brass-based lamp, just use a duster, no water at all!
Stone is a material of natural origin and its use has evolved over time. No longer just a building material, stone now plays a part in the latest interior and exterior decoration trends, adapting effortlessly to both classic and contemporary spaces.
Did you know that terrazzo originates in Venice where it was used to decorate terraces? It came from the leftover pieces of marble floors which were joined with a clay base. This ended up becoming a classic material in outdoor and interior décor.
Today it’s common to see terrazzo on the walls of any room and in decorative homewares. Terrazzo has also been reinvented with different colours and sizes of grain. It’s still just as resistant to water and different temperatures, however, making it an ideal material for areas such as terraces and bathrooms.
Sturdy and durable, cement is well known as the most popular building material. And also eco-friendly! A must for the construction industry, and now for interior and exterior décor too.
The 'cement look' is one of today’s biggest design trends as it adapts to very different styles from rustic to industrial orminimalist. And it happily tolerates water and the most extreme temperatures, so it is also ideal for use on balconies and terraces.
The history of ceramics goes back a long way – it was first used centuries ago to make containers for food. And it’s very easily moulded, so many pieces made from this material are still 100% handmade. And although there are different types of ceramics they all have a common base – clay.
Porcelain and terracotta are back on the design scene for interiors and exteriors, and it's not surprising. As well as giving a natural touch to the rooms, they are resistant and versatile. They can form part of the design of bathroom accessories, decorative figures and even table centres.
Since it was first discovered and to this day, marble has been one of the most inspiring materials. It was already wildly popular in Ancient Greece in the art of sculpture and today fans can enjoy this stone in different colours such as black or green. Marble is a versatile material that adapts to different decorative styles in interior design, with a diverse range of results. But it is the epitome of timelessness, and is always in fashion, year after year.
Authentically yours. We produce our stone items the authentic way and because this is a natural material, no two are identical and each has its own unique shades and textures. And as you know, there’s nothing more exclusive than perfect imperfections.
Stone tolerates most cleaning products except for abrasive chemicals such as acetone, bleaches, solvents, etc. A damp cloth with a chemical-free cleaning product will keep it looking as good as new.
Our home textiles such as cushions, rugs and blankets are made of different types of fabric adapted to each product and are an easy and ideal way of changing the look of a room and creating a comfortable and homely atmosphere.
Kave Cares We want good materials to be in good hands. That's why Kave Home has a whole range of items produced in workshops by people at risk of social exclusion using production processes that embrace social and ethical principles and values.
And it goes without saying that we are big fans of products made with PET. It’s our contribution to recycling the world’s plastic and helps keep our seas clean!
Polyethylene terephthalate, better known as PET, is the latest fashionable fibre in textile production and already used by big clothing brands. But why? Because it is obtained from recycled plastic, making it a sustainable option to help keep our planet cleaner.
Our PET products are made with plastic bottles recovered from the ocean. As well as being eco-friendly, they are waterproof, easy to clean and UV resistant. This makes them ideal for textile accessories, such as rugs and cushion covers for outdoor decoration.
Maintenance: any piece of PET can be easily washed by hand in water up to 30°C and left to dry outside. And there’s no need to iron it!
Polyester is such a widely used synthetic textile fibre simply because it offers so many advantages, such as strength, softness and durability. That is why it is so commonly used to produce clothes and in home textiles, such as carpets and cushion covers.
It also has the key advantage of not getting creased or shrinking in the wash. So it’s easy to keep it looking immaculate. Oh, and it never fades! So it’ll stay the same colour as the first day.
Maintenance: polyester can be machine washed at a low temperature using a mild detergent. It is quick drying, so it is best to leave it to dry outdoors.
This super soft fabric was made fashionable by Italian aristocracy but actually comes from India. In fact, it is not a type of fabric at all, but is obtained from cotton, wool or linen threads, and some others. Its silky look and feel is obtained through the even distribution of these threads.
Today velvet continues to add a trendy touch of glam – not only in your wardrobe, but also in dressing your home. Velvet cushion covers, rugs and upholstery used for armchairs and sofas are now big players in the latest interior design fashions.
Maintenance: velvet upholstery should be dry cleaned. Use a soft bristle brush or even a vacuum cleaner if you have a suitable nozzle that won't damage the fabric. Want to know a trick? Use a steamer to get velvet’s shine back. But just remember it doesn’t like direct light or heat.
This thick fabric with a velvety texture and vertical ribbing rose to fame in the seventies, especially in trousers and jackets. It’s been a wardrobe staple ever since and features in the biggest trends season after season. And now it’s made its way into modern interiors, becoming a fashionable upholstery choice for sofas, armchairs and cushion covers.
Like velvet, corduroy is also not a type of fibre in its own but rather it is made up of cotton threads. Depending on the distribution of these threads, it creates thinner or thicker seams.
Maintenance: corduroy upholstery should be dry cleaned. Use a soft bristle brush or you can even use a vacuum cleaner if you have a suitable nozzle that won't damage the fabric. Want to know a trick? Use a steamer to get its shine back. But just remember it doesn’t like direct light or heat.
Shearling has taken a giant step forward in interior design and gone way beyond the classic blankets. It’s pleasing to the eye and soft to the touch, making it an ideal upholstery choice for armchairs, sofas, and cushion covers to match. It’s the ideal fabric, especially in winter.
Maintenance: faux sheepskin upholstery should be dry cleaned. Use a soft bristle brush or even a vacuum cleaner if you have a suitable nozzle that won't damage the fabric. Just remember it doesn’t like direct light or heat.
Natural fibres are an organic material from animal or plant origin. They comprise of fragments, strands or furs woven together to produce fibre-based products such as carpets, cushions and even mirrors. They’re also an environmentally responsible and sustainable choice that will convey a natural look to any interior.
Eco-friendly is all the rage. Your wardrobe knows it, and now your home does too. That is why many of our textiles are 100% natural fibres such as cotton, which for many of our products is also GOTS-certified to guarantee their organic origin and production.
Cotton is a plant-based fibre that is especially ideal for home textiles as it is soft, breathable and non-allergenic. If it is also organic, it will have been grown using eco-friendly and organic farming methods.
Our GOTS-certified products (Global Organic Textile Standard) all comply with organic fibre production requirements, environmental requirements, fair labour criteria and quality testing.
Maintenance: cotton is easy to wash in the machine. Remember to use a moderate water temperature as it may shrink if the water’s too hot. We recommend you follow the washing instructions for each item, dry them outdoors and smooth them out before hanging them to help them dry straight.
Linen is a fibre of plant origin that is used for light and cool textiles, perfect for use in summer. It also neutralizes odours and is a very kind to our skin.
Linen is a classic season after season, especially in spring and summer. It has also found its way into the latest interior design trends, often used in curtains, sheets and cushion covers.
Maintenance: linen should be machine washed at a low temperature water using a mild detergent. Ideally let it dry outdoors but if you do use a dryer, use a short programme on a low temperature.
Wool is a natural fibre obtained from ovine cattle, usually from sheep. It is a highly durable and flexible fabric that is soft to the touch and comfortable.
Wool rugs give a natural and cosy touch to rooms and are also well suited to home use, as this material is a natural acoustic and thermal insulator that provides warmth in winter but stays cool in summer.
Maintenance: it is advisable to vacuum wool regularly, especially rugs, to remove accumulated dust. For small stains, wipe with a damp cloth with a little ammonia. And a trip to the dry cleaners once a year won’t hurt, in fact the opposite!
Also known as 'golden fibre', jute is extracted from the plant it is named after and was first used primarily for ropes, bags and packaging. Thanks to its natural look, over time it has become one of the most widely used materials for chairs, tapestries and rugs.
Jute helps keep ideal humidity levels and gives spaces a cosy touch. It is a manually produced fibre resulting in artisanal pieces braided by hand.
Maintenance: jute loves a natural touch. Just wipe it over with a damp cloth, dry it, and it will stay looking new. Dusters also work wonders. However, jute doesn’t like direct light and heat very much.
Water hyacinth is an aquatic plant (also called water lily, in fact) that floats in the rivers and lakes of South America. Its roots absorb nutrients from freshwater, which is why in the past the Guarani people used this plant as a medicinal remedy.
Its wonderful thickness, great texture and attractive colour has made water hyacinth a popular choice for fashionable textile fibres in the production of storage baskets, especially for clothes as it allows the air to circulate and keeps them fresh. It is a manually produced fibre resulting in artisanal pieces braided by hand.
Maintenance: water hyacinth loves a natural touch. Just wipe it over with a damp cloth, dry it, and it will stay looking new. Dusters also work wonders. It doesn’t like direct light and heat very much, however.
Rattan comes from an Indonesian climbing palm called rattan palm, which grows on other nearby trees. Rattan sticks are extracted from this palm tree, which can reach up to 180 metres in height.
Rattan is a hard, durable and yet flexible natural fibre. It can be curved, moulded and knotted and is used primarily to make garden furniture, although its natural look means that it is increasingly used in interior décor as well.
Maintenance: rattan loves a natural touch. Just wipe it over with a damp cloth, dry it, and it will stay looking new. Dusters also work wonders. It doesn’t like direct light and heat very much, however.
Glass is the perfect material to create a sense of light and spaciousness and it’s versatile enough to adapt to any part of the room, from dining tables to kitchen accessories.
Glass can give the impression that it’s a “look but don’t touch” material, but at Kave Home we use tempered glass in our products, which is stronger and more durable than ordinary glass. Of course, it all comes in a range of contemporary finishes such as glazed or textured glass.
Who says you only live once? Not glass. It’s a fine example of the 3R rule: reduce, reuse and recycle. It reduces the consumption of other materials such as plastic, is reused to create design pieces like the ones you'll find at Kave Home, and can always be recycled and given a new life.
If it fits in the dishwasher, remember to rinse with water first and put a moderate amount of detergent and rinse aid. For glass furniture, you can keep it clean with a damp cloth and a mild soapy solution.