The project called for a quiet dark wood, no overly discerning grain, just nice rhythems. I happened to have some nice fumed oak laying around that happened to do nicely. The white oak is fumed with ammonia and the tannins react turning the oak, if given enough time, black. Tis little trick was discovered hundreds of years ago in horse stables. It was popularized during the Mission Furniture period.
Designed by Architect Claude Armstrong.