We are proud to unveil our longstanding collaboration with German wood manufacturer Schotten & Hansen. Both passionate for innovative craftsmanship and sustainability, we combine our respective aesthetic and technical expertise to create a collection of high-quality coloured wooden veneers.
Working with the Natural Colour System NCS, a scientifically based colour system that allows for accurate cross-industrial colour communication for designers and architects, Schotten & Hansen and Ina Rinderknecht are launching a range of 150 colours in an array of unique palettes.

«With a meticulous eye and innate understanding for the language of colours Ina Rinderknecht was able to finetune and create an order to the multitude of possibilities of colour and curate them with Torben Hansen in a unique system.»

By employing the NCS colour system, they can match any coloured material reference, from marble to upholstery, and create corresponding pigmented veneers to complete any interior design scheme.Subtly colour coordinated and elegant, interior designers can choose a colour that is in perfect harmony of their design and ask for a custom colour of wood reflecting any shade or variation. One can choose from five neutral canvases in either the Terra or Mineral finish. The veneer canvases start from light to dark, on which can be found a spectrum of ten colours with an additional neutral. The colour palettes are available in yellow, orange, red, pink, purple, indigo, blue, turquoise, green and lime; within each of the spectrums there are fifteen hues.

«Fascinated by wood and its natural evolution of colours caused by sunlight, weather, and time, Torben Hansen, the CEO of Schotten & Hansen, has spent years exploring and experimenting with colours using natural pigments and processes.»

Working with oak and Douglas fir wood, Schotten & Hansen have mastered the traditional craftsmanship of naturally processing raw wood. Sourcing their wood exclusively from sustainable forests, they begin with the careful hand selection of timber, demonstrating their unrivalled quality and timeless beauty. To permanently preserve the wood surfaces, they use the fruit of the trees to create a natural treatment with resins, waxes, and oils. The resins penetrate the wood and increase the surface resilience while the waxes connect to a stable film on the surface to add shine. 

Oils deeply penetrate the wood’s pores and emphasise the natural hue of the material. They wash wood with special technology, cleaning deep into the pores to reduce the substances present in the material that make them sensitive to staining. It also allows surfaces to stay open, making the unique colouring treatment, especially impactful on veneers with an endless world of blues, pinks, greens and many other colours in all varieties and shades. The individual colouring process is activated by the woods own ingredients and developed using colour pigments obtained from the earth and rocks and extracted from plants and minerals.

23-25 May 2023

Clerkenwell Design Week, London

We are pleased to announce that we have been involved in the design and curation of the Schotten & Hansen exhibition space in the Learning Centre at the historic St. John's Museum in London. We created a series of exciting mood boards and artistic elements representing the ten color groups in Schotten & Hansen's color veneer collection.

During the Week, we held a series of daily color workshops for interior designers and architects to paint and experiment with the veneers.



Custom Colours
Arcade, Germany
Schotten & Hansen lanciert farbiges Furnier mit Ina Rinderknecht