Italian musician and designer Lorenzo Palmeri has designed the "oldest guitar in the world". It's made of ancient Kauri: 50,000-year-old wood native to New Zealand.
Palmeri collaborated with Italian furniture maker and Kauri specialists Riva 1920, who designed and built the popular Earth Table.
Kauri wood comes from prehistoric Kauri trees – buried and preserved in peat up to 50,000 years ago in New Zealand’s North Island. Buried by an unexplained act of nature, the trees have survived for centuries underground, sealed in a chemically balanced environment that has preserved the timber in perfect condition.
The Kauri wood guitar is one of three new guitar models from Palmeri. Another of the models is made of Fenix NTM, a nanotech material featuring low-light reflectivity and an anti-fingerprint, soft-touch effect. The final model is a classic, consumer-focused guitar that comes in classic beech wood.
Palmeri's Fenix nanotech guitar
All three guitars' designs are meant to contrast masculinity and femininity. With its round, 'feminine' form and 'masculine' angularity in its shoulders, the guitars' designs are meant to match its tones, which are capable of extending from very sweet to very powerful, says Palmeri.
Riva 1920's Earth Table places the Kauri wood into a resin setting, allowing the material to float above a tubular base. The resin, which makes up the oceanic segments, forms an interplay of light and shadow.
Kauri wood was also used in the "Ground Zero...Ground Heroes" Antico table dedicated to 9/11's brave heroes. Made from a 50,000-year-old Kauri log, the 40 by 6 ft. Antico Table, was designed by Renzo and Matteo Piano. SCM showed the table at its booth at Xylexpo 2018.
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