Ernst Mittermair and Darren Myburgh
The matumi desk is exceptionally versatile and can be used in many settings. The circular slab transforms it effortlessly from a desk into a meeting table or a luncheon corner. With its attractive shape, it can be placed in the centre of an office or study. Two different wooden slabs were used and joined together with doggy-bone inserts to prevent splitting, and it also adds a modern, quirky touch. The oval-shaped legs are cut from solid wood and connected with a beautiful interlocked panel of matumi strips.
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.