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tradition and bring a flavour of Japanese tea culture to the heart of Germany. Kebony’s sustainable timber, used for the flooring of the tea house, perfectly complements these principles and lends a natural, organic quality to the room that is in keeping with the heritage of this cultural tradition. Everything in Macha-Macha shines discreetly in white, brown and green to match the colours of the Macha tea. The entire experience has been designed around sensory gratification and wellbeing with Japanese teas, famed for their health benefits, consumed in a room which instils a sense of calm to all who pass through.

The material selection for this unique space was also informed by the Japanese principal of Wabi-Sabi - the notion that materials should be allowed to change and that transience and imperfection are an integral part of their aesthetic. It was through this ideology that Kraemer discovered Kebony, which acquires a silver-grey patina over its lifetime, whilst maintaining the woods remarkable performance characteristics. The use of Kebony’s pioneering Norwegian technology in this traditional Japanese space provides a timeless, anachronistic quality which is in keeping with the eclectic vibe of Berlin’s Hermannplatz area.

Carsten Kraemer, the designer and visionary behind the teahouse, said: “Initially my designs for the building were very spacey and used futuristic materials; the decision to use Kebony emerged subsequently and its warm colour tones and smooth finish really complement the minimal and natural ambience of the room.”


When designer Carsten Kraemer was

searching for a material to complement a traditional Japanese tea house, he turned to Kebony.

Kebony has been selected for the indoor flooring of Macha- Macha, a Japanese tea house in Hermannplatz, Berlin. Designed by Carsten Kraemer, the tea room is characterised by intricate attention to detail and adherence to the principles of Feng Shui – creating a space which is relaxing and comfortable.

Kraemer took inspiration for his designs from experimental sculpture and a Feng Shui master was consulted to ensure that the designs conformed to the principals of the ancient


Developed in Norway, the patented Kebony technology uses an environmentally-friendly process which permanently enhances the properties of sustainable softwood with a bio-based liquid derived from agricultural crop waste. By polymerising the wood’s cell walls, the wood gains greatly improved durability and dimensional stability, giving it characteristics similar to those of tropical hardwood. The result is a strengthened and stabilised wood with comparable, and often superior, attributes to tropical hardwood. It is also visually striking, strong and resistant to biological decay with a long lifecycle and warranty of thirty years. The wood provides a sustainable option for using timber in a variety of applications and designs, encompassing both indoor and outdoor applications.

The utopic ambience of the room meant that sustainability also had to feature high on the design agenda for the teahouse. Kebony’s strong eco-credentials and environmentally sound technology meant that the wood could be used without compromising the ethicality of the design. Kebony only uses raw materials from FSC-certified, sustainably managed forests and carries the Nordic ecolabel called Swan, it is also completely safe and toxin-free.

Adrian Pye, International Director at Kebony commented: “We are delighted that Kebony was able to be a part of this exciting and unique project. The fact that this Norwegian timber product can look so great in this traditional Japanese setting at a site in Berlin really highlights the universal, ubiquitous nature of Kebony as a construction material.”

Image courtesy of and Carsten Kraemer

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