On a tour of our wood factory in Pordenone

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Author: Civil
Curing lumber. Photo: TFDL

At the foot of the Italian alps, in a province called Pordenone, Torneria  Friulana del Legno has been producing remarkable wood furniture for decades. Founded by the Mazzon family in 1963, the company is known for its impeccable craftsmanship, innovative designs and meticulous attention to detail. The family’s deep knowledge of wood and their innovation-driven culture have earned them a reputation as problem solvers. That's exactly why we wanted to collaborate with them on the Sosia table. We went on a tour of the factory to find out more about what goes on behind the scenes.

Every piece of furniture is still made by hand. After a 1-hour drive from Venice we arrive in Fontanafredda, greeted by a spectacular view of snowcapped alps. As we walk into the factory, we are met by the smell of freshly cut wood, sawdust in the air and untreated frames of stacked wood chairs. Skilled artisans, many of whom have worked here for decades, slide their hands over the sanded wood to make sure it’s perfect. Although advanced technologies are used to prepare many of the wood components.

The Sosia table in oak, walnut and stained ash. Photo: Civil
“The real problems are solved by people, not machines. Our focus on building knowledge and a team of skilled artisans is the key behind our innovative culture”
The Mazzon family in the 1960s. Photo: TFDL
Wood work. Photo: TFDL

We move on to their wood magazine where we find a range of beautiful wood species that are drying before making their way into the workshop. These include lighter wood types such as European oak, ash and beech, as well as darker types like American walnut and cherry. Every piece is carefully selected from controlled cultivations; only the highest-grade wood makes it to their magazine.

It’s obvious that their team has a passion for solid wood that goes deeper than most. From management to the artisans crafting the objects, solid wood is their core expertise. They know every minute detail about the technical and aesthetic features of each wood type, and what works for different purposes. They take pride in combining different wood cut-outs to make the final product look homogeneous, even after the impact of the finishing treatment that can completely change the look of the wood.

Tell us how your story started?

The dream called Torneria Friulana del Legno was established by the visionary mind of Marcello Mazzon, who along with his brothers Maurice and Narciso, founded the company in 1963.

The passion, knowledge and the care taken in the production processes have been transmitted to subsequent generations. Today, the second generation directs the company according to the founding philosophy of our fathers, and the third generation is very much involved in our day to day activities. We continue our commitment to push boundaries every day in our journey to achieve excellence in products and processes.

How have you built the innovative culture you’re recognized for?

Knowledge has always been highly valued in our family and our work. This goes back to our founders, and we continue to build knowledge and experiences every day. It also helps to work with some of the most innovative furniture companies in the world that really push the boundaries for what can be done. Progress is really made through innovation, and we’re very glad to be part of that journey. Sometimes we work on products that take several years to develop, and it’s often through many iterations that the most innovative solutions are found.

Our region, Friuli, also benefits from a strong network of artisans specializing in related fields. No one can be best at everything, but working closely together we have proved that we can solve most problems. Also, we have maintained a very hands-on focused approach to our work instead of relying entirely on technology. The real problems are solved by people, not machines. That said, we off course rely on advanced CNC technology and other machines to work efficiently, but we will always keep skilled artisans and continue to build knowledge.

How do you support the transition to circular future?

Our most important contribution to the circular economy is to only craft products with a long lifespan. The fact that we don’t compromise on quality means that we work with companies that are committed to make furniture that lasts.

Wood is a renewable resource and neutral in terms of CO2 emissions. In comparison to other materials, the process of transforming wood uses a much lower level of energy. We only use certified wood from responsibly harvested and verified forests and increasingly water-based finishes.

We also go to great lengths to minimize wastage of raw materials and electrical energy. We prevent noxious pollutant emissions wherever possible. This includes efforts to reduce the environmental impact of our transport.

Our current position is consistent with our vision for the future – we constantly update our green policies to ensure sustainable growth in production.

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