When I was a child growing up in Pennsylvania, my Puerto Rican grandmother used to visit us from New York City where my parents grew up. And whenever she came to visit from this exotic city (I was only little, she might as well have been coming from Jupiter for as far away as it seemed despite it only being about 1 1/2 hours away), she would bring with her all manner of interesting food stuffs from the Big City that we couldn’t get locally. One of the things she always brought with her were fresh mangos from her local market. Now, I’m sure mangos would have been available somewhere locally but my mother never bought them so when Grandma came with this succulent sweet and juicy fruit that always had to be eaten straight over the kitchen sink, I couldn’t get enough of them and they were always consumed rather quickly.
So when I think of Mango trees, this is what I think about – the soft fleshy fruit it produces, a delicious childhood treat that has happily, become a part of any normal diet with its worldwide accessibility now that I’m an adult. But the Mango tree produces something else for us as well – fantastic hard wood for furniture.
The trees are fast growing and have been known to grow to over one hundred feet tall and up to a diameter of five feet. Once they stop producing fruit (some of which continue to produce fruit for over 300 years!), it is cut down and replanted and the trunk is used for beautiful mango wood timber.
The timber has been used for centuries in it’s native India – for everything from bowls and culinary equipment to decoratively detailed furniture and nowadays, has become more popular than ever in the West. With a beautifully dense grain, the wood is usually mid-brown in colour with a streaked appearance visible with greens, light tans and greys and with the application of beeswax, it takes on a rustic appearance that looks even better with age.
So whether you have a very modern look in your home or crave the a worldly ethnic look in your abode, Mango furniture can fit right into any scheme.
Personally, I love an eclectic mix which will always seem more timeless so this dining room showcases how using a rustic table, like our Baku Light Mango dining table, paired with mid-century modern chairs and contemporary art and lighting, creates a thoroughly chic space.
But it’s not all about eclectic spaces where mango furniture can look fantastic. Try using a low lying coffee table to create a contemporary vibe in a minimalist room. Our Mantis Light Solid Mango coffee table with angled legs would would suit such an environment and become a worthy star in a room kept clean and simple.
If you are more into cozy, comfortable living spaces, try combining mango furniture with soft worn leather, stripped wood floors and lots of texture in woven baskets and soft throws and cushions. Our Baku Light Mango console table sets a shabby chic space off wonderfully with a time-honoured appeal that will never go out of style.
A more traditional living room is the perfect spot for our Baku light mango bookshelves. Combined with traditional patterns like tartan but with modern colours like lavender, a living space becomes a warm and welcoming place, perfect for sitting down with a cuppa and a good book.
Even in a child’s bedroom, the look of mango furniture combined with slightly more industrial elements creates a space that will grow with them. These boy’s bedrooms would look fantastic paired with our Baku light mango wood chest of drawers.
I hope my buying guide today helps you make some decisions with how Mango furniture really works in so many different spaces – whether your look is traditional, eclectic, contemporary or more rustic, we have a piece that will fit any lifestyle.
What are your favourite pieces I’ve shown and how would you incorporate them into your own space? Let me know in the commments, I’d love to hear from you!