Gabon is covered with 88% of forest on 22 million hectares. It represents about 18% of the whole Congo Basin Forest, the planet’s second largest green lung. The country hosts an incredible flora and fauna and has valuable assets among its 13 national parks. Wild nature lovers will be captivated by the biodiversity that the country has to offer.
Its rainforest is recognised to be one of the most diversified forests in Africa, characterised by an exceptional variety of endemic and noble wood species.
Akiba’s collection is created from Gabon’s unique ecosystem that offers noble wood species, many of which are durable, versatile, and resistant to termites and other insects.
They range in colour from reddish-brown to golden yellow, pinkish orange and dark brown, and in texture allowing to feed our entire collection of contemporary indoor and outdoor furniture, Live Edge tables, sculptures or accessories that transform any space into a beautiful lifestyle reflection of elegance, integrity, and sustainability.
The main species of wood found in Gabonese forests and used in Akiba furniture are listed below.
Wood with a pink, yellow or orange core, present in Cameroon, Gabon and Congo. It is very durable and resists lyctus attacks. It is suitable for interior carpentry such as doors, windows, furniture, parquet and flooring.
Exotic wood with a very lemon yellow natural color, originating only from Gabon and Cameroon. It is resistant to dry wood termites and is very appreciated for the manufacture of luxury interior and exterior furniture.
Exotic dark brown wood, sometimes with lighter stripes or even alternating dark and light stripes. It is a tropical wood heavy, hard, resistant to termites, dry wood insects and fungi, not easily permeable. It is therefore not necessary to treat it.
Offering an imperial texture this wood cannot be confused with any other. It ranges in colour from a pinkish red through ruddy brown with streaks of black or purple. Wood found in Gabon and Cameroon, it is extremely rare, 100% solid and resistant to all weather conditions.
Species of exotic wood native to West and Central Africa, the most abundant of the large commercial Meliaceae. Reddish-brown in color, Sapelli is a tropical wood of choice in cabinetmaking and fine carpentry.
Exotic red-brown, heavy and hard wood. It is a very durable and stable tropical species, both resistant to termites, fungi and dry wood insects. It therefore does not require any preservative treatment.
Widespread in intertropical Africa, Iroko is a yellow to golden or medium brown wood very durable and does not require any preservative treatment: it therefore offers economic and ecological advantages which make it an ideal material for exterior landscaping.
Exotic wood from Central and West Africa, it has a very appreciated red-brown color with purplish highlights. It is widely used in cabinetmaking due to its stability and aesthetic qualities. It is termite resistant.