During a recent expedition, our team became fully immersed in local Thai culture. After a long drive, the group headed back to their hotel when they came across a myriad of monks on the street. The company agent urged our lead designer, Mandy, to offer the monks alms (food/water). The monks walk around during the day with their hands clasped in an “alms bowl” seeking refreshments. By doing so, you are thought to gain merit with the Buddha (big brownie points for Mandy!).
During the same trip, Mark discovered something truly remarkable. Shhhh… can you keep a secret? Well... if you promise...a breathtaking assortment of burl was discovered. Burl, is the tree's natural reaction to protect against irritation. Over decades, the tree builds a dizzying amount of richly colored burl layers. Eventually, the irritation causes the tree to die. It is then, that Phillips Collection collects the material to curate an array of gorgeous sustainable furnishings.
Truly amazing things happen when we are in the pursuit of the product. Stay tuned for the debut of the captivating burl!