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Why solid wood?

What is solid wood for house furniture?
Where is the wood used for NONAH furniture coming from?
Any special product care instructions?
What age is NONAH furniture aimed at?
Isn't self-assembled furniture better for transportation?
Do I have to assemble the furniture myself?
Can I leave the furniture outside?
What is an ecological paint?
What do FSC and PEFC mean?
I am 53, can I buy a NONAH piece of furniture for myself?
Is the natural oil really natural?
Why not manufacture our furniture in France?

Why solid wood?
Solid wood is the material that is closest to its original state, the tree. The proximity with nature is more important than with any other type of wood. Furthermore, by choosing solid wood, we limit considerably the use of glues and resins from the chemical industry with dangerous emissions necessary to produce chipboard or MDF. It is better for nature, and for men and women who work in factories too.
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What is solid wood for house furniture?
A piece of furniture is considered to be solid when a vertical cut shows wood only, no glue or any other product. A piece of furniture made of plywood, chipboard, MDF or stratified wood cannot be considered solid.
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Where is the wood used for NONAH furniture coming from?
Exclusively from Latvia, the manufacturing country. Furthermore, the wood we use is from forests that are certified FSC and that are managed by the Latvian governmental body (LVM) who keeps a close eye on forests which represent a formidable development opportunity for the country. The country of origin labelling of the wood bought this way is performed at the factory. However, our company is too small to be able to afford the FSC labels for our furniture, even though we use certified wood... (the associated costs are far too high for us).
www.fsc.org
www.lvm.lv
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Any special product care instructions?
Yes, only for the wooden surfaces (not painted).
To protect the wood against hygrometric and mechanical variations, it is good to apply NONAH care oil on your NONAH furniture regularly (say once a year).
The NONAH care oil is useful as well when removing stains. If a stain cannot be removed with a moist sponge (do not use abrasive cleansers such as washing up liquid), then you will need to rub it gently with a very thin (about 180) sanding paper, and reapply some oil.
For more detailed informations, please see the NONAH care oil description in the furniture menu.
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What age is NONAH furniture aimed at?
For the moment, all our furniture has been designed for children who are older than three. The pieces that are directly linked to the size of the child (chair and table) were designed for children between 3 and 9 years old... at least for now - we are currently thinking about older children. Bear with us, one step at a time. For the other pieces which are not size dependant, there is no maximum age.
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Isn't self-assembly furniture better for transportation?
Yes, it is cheaper and more can be transported at a time. But there is no question that the quality of a piece of furniture completed in factory is much higher than one self assembled at home, in particular for its appearance and sturdiness, two elements which we have deemed to be priorities. Furthermore, Latvia and France are not that far away from each other...compared to other continents. Still, always wanting to do better, we are working on transportation solutions which produce less CO2 than lorries, such as rail/road combinations and maritime freight. We are hopeful to soon be able to offer you the NONAH quality with a cleaner transportation.
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Do I have to assemble the furniture myself?
No, most products are delivered to you whole and finished and ready to be used in your home. Some elements may need to be put together in some cases (table and toy box) and you will need a screwdriver. Detailed instructions are in the box.
Because the oil contains no drying agent, we recommend to avoid direct contact with clothes or carpet for a few days.
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Can I leave the furniture outside?
No, the wood used is not chemically treated which means that if left outside in the open air and under the rain, the wood would swell excessively and burst.
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What is an ecological paint?
If you look for an ecological paint in shops, you will find all sorts since the term is not regulated. All those who claim to be ecological are so on some aspects only - more or less - and none is 100%. Some are not applicable in conditions of industrial production, others use natural material that are imported from the other end of the world, others still jump on the bandwagon and offer products which characteristics are far from ecological. Following thorough investigations and numerous trials, we have chosen a paint which balanced composition meets our requirements. It is based on water, contains no wood protective products, no toxic heavy metals, no formaldehyde, no plasticizer such as phthalate, no CMR 1&2 substances (Carcinogenic, Mutagenic and Reprotoxic), no halogenated volatile organic compounds. It conforms to the European directive 71-3 (on toy safety), DIN 68861 (1b on chemical resistance) and DIN 53160 (on saliva and sweat resistance). This is not yet perfect, but we are on the right track, and we are persevering in our search for something even better.
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What do FSC and PEFC mean?
Forest Stewardship Council and Program of Endorsement for Forest Certification (formerly Pan European Forest Certification) are two non governmental organisations which work towards a sustainable and planned management of forest resources. Their work worldwide is huge and raises public awareness about the sustainable management of our natural resources. In Europe, the history of our economy is such that forest resources have been carefully managed for centuries and the implementation of the criteria for a sustainable development has already been included in the exploitation cycle. To obtain the corresponding labels, each actor in the manufacturing chain must pay a financial participation... that is rather hefty! All in all, if you are small and you need all the necessary resources to be able to produce...it is very difficult to access this logic. This is our case. We are not giving up though...and we are going further: not only is the wood for NONAH furniture coming from forests that are FSC certified (we trace the country of origin ourselves) but it is also produced locally (which is far from being the case everywhere, the FSC wood can come from Sweden to be worked on in Germany for example), which greatly limits transportation between forest and factory. Not bad, eh?
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I am 53, can I buy a NONAH piece of furniture for myself?
There is no upper age limit to buy or use a NONAH piece of furniture. However please note that you might struggle to put your legs under the table. For the other pieces, be free to enjoy!
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Is the natural oil really natural?
Yes. It is based on linseed oil, from flax seeds. It is what is called a ‘dry’ oil and forms a protection film while drying in the open air. This oil nourishes and protects the wood against hygrometric and mechanical variations, while letting it free to breath. It also allows birch wood to show its true nature and softness, by warming up its grain. The oil is biodegradable and conforms to the norm EN 71-3 (toy safety).
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Why not manufacture our furniture in France?
Because the cost of the items would be exorbitant. We commissioned a few quotes from French factories and these invalidated the project altogether. The world being such a small place these days, we searched a balance between ecological, qualitative and economic logic...and Latvia offers in this regard a lot of good points: geographical proximity, forest resources, know-how, European, ecological sensibility... Who's got a better offer?
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