Ernst Mittermair and Darren Myburgh
The round matumi slab positioned centrally on the single cone-shaped leg bustles with energy and vibrancy. The dining table is designed in two separate parts, the table top and the leg, ensuring easier manoeuvering of the very heavy matumi slab. A circular ridge has been carved underneath the top slab for carrying ease.
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.