How to recognise a mosaic intarsia?

Small pieces of wood have long been joined into patterns and images that confirmed their identity, their attitude towards beauty and the desire to give objects a unique feel. Wood was used everywhere: in building, furniture, objects, and, yes, even books, paper production and covers. Mosaic woodwork was everywhere: in a wooden ceiling, a part of the family table, in the paneling. The pattern of an intarsia acted like a signature on wooden bourgeois coffers, chests of drawers, large wardrobes (Slovene “kosten”) that were often the only storage space in a room. Mosaic intarsia could be found on book covers, sowing machines and on numerous caskets, all of which represented a connection people shared. Mosaic woodwork thus also means prestige and identity, carried through generations as a value. A mosaic intarsia is an ornament, made of tiny pieces of wood on the basis of a preliminary plan. Our mosaic intarsia usually measures 0.8 mm in width, but can be wider if agreed so, and the usual length is 1 m. Our intarsias are precision made with 0.05 mm of possible deviation. It is also if crucial importance that there are no empty spaces among the individual pieces of the mosaic, which can be established by holding the intarsia towards the light. Our intarsias do not let through any light whatsoever, which is a sign of true quality.  

 The products made by the Franc Demšar s.p. family company are precisely crafted, hand-made and represent a fruit of more than 40 years of experience in mosaic intarsias. These wooden creations represent a preservation of the respect this material deserves and discover its secret of, which, only by joining with other types of wood in a mosaic, shines in all its colours, light, warmth and duskiness. A wooden mosaic writes the story of intarsia, characterised by its energy and beauty. Mosaic intarsias adorn furniture, casings of accordions and other wooden products. An intarsia represents the dialogue between nature and man – it merges the energies of wood and man into one. Wood is intarsia and intarsia is a story; a story of an image, art, desire, identity and energy. It is a story of a grandmother’s casket, mother’s chest of drawers, aunt’s sowing machine, grandfather’s accordion and brother’s guitar.


Our mosaic intarsias feature a wide variety of motives, from simple geometric mosaic intarsias, floral patterns such as an edelweiss, a carnation and a rose, meanders, stars, motives of a chessboard, to the most challenging mosaic intarsias featuring imaginative motives, such as a swan, and from all four sides perfected ornamental compositions.