Crafted by designer Jose Gutierrez, “Light Catcher” stands as a truly unique and transformative renovation. Its name aptly captures its essence, showcasing a mesmerising design.
The timber flooring features a gently brushed Lithuanian hard-oak, exuding a sense of elegance. With its expansive 300mm wide planks, it not only adds a touch of theatricality but also forms a robust foundation for the space.
The timber used for this flooring is certified FSC, sourced sustainably and manufactured in Europe, adhering to the highest European standards of quality and ethics.
It was a privilege working on this project with the owners of this glorious property. They lived in the small original part if their home for a year before embarking on an extension and renovation. The original part of the home at the street front, had beautiful old matai floor boards which the owners wanted to restore. Vienna Woods worked with them to find a cohesive solution for combining the old, narrow floorboards with the new, wide floorboards. Instead of matching the size of the floorboard which is in keeping with the original style, they decided to bring cohesion through the colour and finish. The original floorboards were sanded back and stained to match the Distilled Oak that was laid throughout the new extension.
We love working with clients who are willing to make bold design choices when it comes to their floors. We recently completed this incredible project where we installed customised Vienna Woods Herringbone in European Oak with a brass insert. What a stunning and refined result!
We recently launched a new collection of hardwood flooring called the Distilled Collection.
What is special about this collection is that all the timber is sourced from Europe but it is finished here locally to a New Zealand specification. The finishings are inspired by our local landscapes and architectural style preferences.
The below gallery showcases French 75, a Lithuanian Oak in 220 wide board from the new Vienna Woods Collection.
Vienna Woods customer Sigita Kupača from Sigita Design shares her inspiration behind her renovations of her New Zealand home and the sentimental reason behind her choosing Vienna Woods Grand Oak for her flooring.
Why did you choose this Vienna Woods flooring?
I am from Latvia, a small country on the Baltic Sea between Lithuania and Estonia. In Latvia we have a lot of dense, rich forests. I chose the Grand Oak Vienna Woods flooring because it is sourced from Lithuanian oak, the same oak I grew up surrounded by. This hard-wearing wood was also used on my school floors, which I would polish during the school holidays when I was a child, so it is very sentimental to me. I wanted to bring a taste of my childhood to my home in New Zealand.
What was your inspiration when designing your home?
I knew I wanted to create a home that would suit our everyday life – it needed to fit in with us, not the other way around.
I am not a fan of having to take my shoes off just because I am in the house, I wanted both myself and my guests to be able to walk around in my home in heels or boots without concern. The Grand Oak is a very durable product so allows for this daily treatment without any damage. The extreme cold winters in Eastern Europe slows the growth of the oak to produce a very hard, dense wood. As a result, the oak’s extreme hardness provides a very durable floor that is easy to live with.
What was the overall look and feel you were trying to achieve?
I wanted to incorporate a contemporary flair into the design of my home, with the deliberate use of texture and big open spaces, with plenty of room to move and breathe within them. I was trying to achieve a look of simplicity and subtle sophistication. I wanted lots of clean, architectural lines, with natural accents and splashes of colour to help evoke a warmth and welcoming environment. The beautiful hardwood flooring, is in a way the hero of our home, so the colours I have used throughout the house along with the interior design have all been carefully chosen to complement the neutral tones of the Vienna Woods Grand Oak floorboards.