Ernst Mittermair and Darren Myburgh
Once again, the designer Ernst Mittermair succeeds in creating a modern, light and graceful piece from a chunky Matumi slab. The framed platter appears to be floating on the angular tapered legs and underlines the beautiful grain of the Matumi wood.
Family: Rubiaceae | Synonym: Breonadia salicina
The matumi is a majestic evergreen tree and a protected species in South Africa. It can grow up to 40m in height and carries pale yellow flowers and fruit.
WHERE ARE THEY FOUND?
The matumi is associated with water and is most often found near permanent rivers and in riverine forests. In South Africa it is found in KwaZulu-Natal, Mpumalanga and the Northern Province.
Matumi wood is very heavy and hard, is used for furniture, boats, floors and construction work. It was used for railway sleepers up to 1960.
The bark of the matumi tree is used in traditional African medicine, mainly for diarrhoea, arthritis and other digestive problems.