Philosophy

"The Soul Of A Tree"

We are a proud, ethical small to medium-sized family-run business, with our workshop & offices in Heaton Mersey, Cheshire, UK. We have over 15 years in the UK and 5 years in the USA (East & West coast). We design, make, finish and install some of the most beautifully aged finished wood floors in the world – sustainable credentials come as standard every time.

Together as a tight-knit crew, we still operate with the drive and passion of a fast-moving start-up. Maybe this is because of the product itself because antique wood supplies are continually changing and each of our creations are genuinely one-of-a-kind.

For us, there is more to what we do than just flooring, finishing and installation. It’s true we do have a strong passion for being the very best in each of these fields within our niche, in addition we also enjoy the learning and the continual improvement process. Happy team – Happy customers.

One of our favourite ideas of recent years is ’The Soul Of A Tree’, we feel that this phrase perfectly represents our brand values such as: Slow Design & Slow Living, Timelessness, Generosity, Reciprocity, Sustainability, Humility, Community. We do not know if Tree’s really have souls but science has proven that tree’s do communicate and support one another by exchanging electric currents and life giving nutrition through their very own web of undergrounds root entanglements.

Our ambition for RFC is to develop the company and brand beyond wood flooring while encompassing our core philosophy, passion for craft and values. We believe that in order to improve the Global Environmental challenges of today, the future of the world economy must change from a linear to a circular economy, you can read more about the circular economy here: www.ellenmacarthurfoundation.org.

Reclamation and Reuse of things will become more and more important as we all learn to play our role well, as conscious consumers fighting for a better world with less waste, an improved distribution of wealth and a healthier planet.

Textures and Colours

While many admire the beauty of wood very few understand its unique qualities and the extent of its full potential as interior furniture & design aesthetic. We seek to change that.

For me and my team, wood is not only about the aesthetic it offers but also the journey it has taken. Surface textures and colours are created through the passage of time and connected through the creative spirit of the owners both past and present. Through our specialist finishing techniques and colouring processes, we can not only enhance these characteristics but replicate them to superb standards using both new and reclaimed timber.

Experience

Our in house team of highly skilled craftsmen have created a variety of organic tones and textures in which no other man-made material can match.

We are wood flooring designers, manufacturers and suppliers with over fifteen years of experience.

We sell and supply directly from our own showrooms in the UK, USA and international vendors.

Designed by Nature ®

We create patinas and natural colours through a variety of studied organic compositions that are exclusive to RFC. We believe that nature is untameable and that the wild spirit of wood should reflect its origins of time and variation without the constraints of excessive manufacturing.

Our organic formulas are designed to react with the tannin acid that exists naturally within the timber allowing us to create a time capsule effect that speeds up the natural ageing process. It is a complex process, involving up to 11 layers of application and many days of drying time. Wood and wood colour as it should be, never rushed.

Sustainability

We are more than just a business, we are purveyors of a better Earth. Our pledge to you is that we will plant 1 tree for every 10m2 of new wood flooring sold, let’s give nature a helping hand. We are also a PEFC, FSC certified company, Carb2 Compliant (USA).

In increased use of wood products through specification will stimulate the expansion of the forests and so reduce CO2 & greenhouse gases. Only a 4% increase in Europe’s yearly wood consumption would appropriate an extra 150m tonnes of CO2 each year. Or look at it this way, only a 10% increase in the production of wooden houses in Europe alone would produce enough CO2 savings that account for an estimated 25% of the reductions prescribed by the Kyoto Protocol!