The Paulownia tree, originally known as Kiri, was initially discovered in Japan. It made its way to Europe in 1835 through the efforts of Philipp Franz von Siebold, a renowned collector of Japanese plants. In recognition of Imperial Grand Duchess Anne Pavlovna’s contribution to botany, von Siebold bestowed the tree with a new name, « Paulownia ».
The Imperialis collection presents a wide array of opulent marquetry designs crafted from this exquisite wood. In various art deco patterns, the wood veneer is delicately placed against a gilded backdrop. The wood is also used in its purest form to showcase the elegance of uncomplicated geometries.
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