Every plank of wood in Dinesen’s production factory has passed through ten pairs of hands – one of the many testaments to the company’s deep respect for nature, woodwork, and the integrity of their final product. Since the flooring company’s 1898 inception the production has been situated in the small Danish town of Jels, though over 115 years later, they have updated their technology and processing capabilities from simple tools and a modest shop to a modern facility that spans over 15,000 square meters. The company is built on a reverence for their chosen material, and in the lengthy process from forest to processing attention to detail is paramount. Unlike designers who seek a perfect and pure palette, Dinesen celebrates differences in wood and does not work to homogenize the planks, revering knots as markers of the particular character and vitality of each tree. This attention to detail is why floors made by Dinesen provide a foundation to a long list of prestigious private, commercial, and restoration projects all around the world, adding a distinctive warmth and human touch to an often-overlooked aspect of a room.
Even as Dinesen has grown to become an established brand, delivering and working all throughout the world, they have remained committed to the founding philosophy of respect for wood and the environment. With a living legacy spanning four generations of experience, the family company demonstrates a vested interest in preserving the richness of the natural materials they work with, and without exception, all of their suppliers practice sustainable forestry. Moving beyond accreditations of sustainability, they choose to work with experienced foresters possessing a genuine sense of respect and stewardship for nature. The choicest Douglas firs and oak trees from The Black Forest in Germany and elsewhere in Europe are selected by some of the finest foresters in the world, and responsibly harvested utilizing methods that are hundreds of years old and sensitive to the biodiversity and ecology of the woods. And of course, every time a tree is cut, a new one is planted to ensure that the forest still stands.