By strategically sourcing wood instead of using
intensive forestry methods, we actively reduce the
carbon dioxide in our atmosphere. In this way, each
TARACEA® creation enriches the environment.
OUR WOODS: WHERE OUR STORY BEGINS
We take great care to recover
fallen and hurricane-tumbled
trees without damaging their
surrounding ecosystems. This
process can take years from
start to finish. Ours is a difficult
but highly rewarding job that
allows us to rescue what would
otherwise have been wasted,
and to reduce carbon emissions
in the process.
There's a certain beauty that
only time can create. Our
reclamation process allows us
to harness the wood’s
authentic character in the
creation of our designs.
We are involved with sustainably managed
forests throughout Mexico, this ensures that
small land owners have an incentive in
preserving and maintaining forests.
We also have plantations that provide a wood
source that actively contributes to the
reduction of carbon in our atmosphere.
We are inspired by nature and committed
to preserving her beauty. The woods we
hand select are processed in a way
that uncovers their natural elegance.
"Our work aims to honor the life of a tree and its worthy journey through earth, turning it into an expressive work. "
The full integration we’ve developed
at TARACEA® allows us to completely
control our operation, from
sourcing, to processing, to the
socially responsible manufacturing
of our furniture. This commitment to
excellence ensures that you receive
a product that not only surpasses
expectations in terms of design, but
also nurtures our environment and
enriches the lives of our employees.
Our woods are processed individually in a way that
maximizes their value and uncovers their natural beauty.
From a single tree, we may allocate sections for
sculptures, slabs, veneers, or boards.
Some of our woods are over 100” wide, prohibitively dense,
or laced with metal and concrete waste. These challenges
often necessitate hardware that is not commercially
We have, therefore, developed custom techniques and
tools that allow us to mill even the most difficult logs.
Once milled, the woods arrive at our kilns, which are
monitored both locally and remotely from Italy to
ensure optimum drying.
This part of the process takes about one week for
veneers, and almost three months for 2” to 3” slabs.
Every gust of wind, every fire, and every storm
creates tensions in a tree’s trunk. If not removed at
this stage, they can cause the wood to crack and
split over time. While we sometimes purposefully
create cracks, we want each piece to leave our kilns
Depending on the wood’s species, shape, and size, it
can take as little as one year to as much as several
decades for a log at our mill to reach our factory
floor. Many pieces must wait years for the right
project to come along. From there, each piece
is entrusted to the skilled hands of our master
Our furniture is unique, from its striking
original designs – which emphasize both
beauty and functionality – to its
contributions to the environment and our
society. Each piece has a deep and varied
history that sets it apart from
With every TARACEA® creation, our
master craftsmen pay homage to the
500 years of artistry that preceded
From ageing techniques to
hand-applied finishes and decorative
touches, they suffuse each piece of
furniture with centuries of tradition.
While all of our designs
begin at the mill, our
craftsmen truly bring
out the peak expression
of the wood.
At TARACEA®, we use a mentor/apprentice
system. When a master craftsman works
on a TARACEA® creation, an apprentice
assists. This brings him or her one step
closer to becoming a TARACEA® Master
Our artisan development system is not only socially
responsible; it is socially uplifting. This method has created an
enduring, mutual loyalty, allowing us to retain and nurture our
employees for years at a time. Many families work with us for
The word Taracea refers to an artisanal technique that has a history
spanning thousands of years. It first meant the joining together of
different wood species, and has evolved to denote wooden crafts
that use bone and metal as decorative elements. Much like the
evolution of the word itself, TARACEA® has adapted its product
offerings over time. The traditional furniture we came to be known
for – with intricate carvings and antique-inspired marquetry – has
made way for our more contemporary, clean-lined pieces.
For over 30 years, we have mastered a wide variety of traditional
artisanal methods that lend an earthy warmth to both modern and
classical designs. When Javier initially set out to create furniture for
his own home, he wanted unique pieces that were full of character,
regardless of the decade they reflected. The skill and dedication of
the Mexican artisans at TARACEA® has made his dream a reality. Our
master craftsmen create each unique piece by hand, from our old
world styles to our contemporary and live edge collections.