Primitivemodern


We start with our hands. Penciling in the design for people to live, breath, and grow in natural light.

Primitivemodern is a sublime amalgamation of contrasts.

Beauty of material and simplicity of form merge in this exquisite hand-crafted line. The rawness of exotic hardwoods with rubbed natural finishes juxtaposes with the striking modern silhouettes. 

Hand-crafted by woodworkers in Belize, Primitivemodern taps into the ancient Southern American knowledge of indigenous materials by utilizing sustainable harvested woods for their strength, durability, and environmental resilience. 

We design furnishings celebrating the origin of the material, embracing the imperfections of things handcrafted. We thoughtfully curate a collection of rare finds and creative expressions from admired artists who capture the essence of natural beauty in a pure, modern and sensual lifestyle.

All exotic woods are certified by the Forest Stewardship Council, an independent, not for profit organization established to promote the responsible management of the world's forests. Working solely with FSC certified and locally harvested timber, mitigates the effects of climate change, address's illegal logging and deforestation and promotes materials with a chain-of-custody.

Our forest is FSC certified in its management of forest resources over 160,000 acres and abuts national parks, sanctuaries, and reserves creating a contiguous forest bloc of more than 4 million acres. It is the largest remaining forest in Central America. Approximately 20 exotic species of commercial timbers are sustainably harvested and replanted for local and export market.

MACHETE, "Bark", a tropical evergreen that grows along the rivers throughout Central America and towers at heights of a hundred feet tall and four feet wide, is known for it's dark red-brown color, high density-to-weight, and insect resistance. It is used with a natural transparent finish on all of the Primitivemodern outdoor furniture and on select indoor pieces with a translucent whitewash to bring out its beautiful, natural grain.

AYUA,"Driftwood", is a deciduous tree and is a canopy species of the high forest that grows up to a hundred feet tall and eight feet in diameter, As a material choice, it is also perfect for tropical climates with it's resistance to fungal and insect attach and low shrinkage. Used on select Primitivemodern interior pieces, a driftwood wash renders Ayua interior furniture a soft and natural translucent grey.

SANTA MARIA, a hardwood tree canopy species, can reach 130 feet tall in the high forests of Belize. It's Latin name "Calophyll" is for it's beautiful leaves and although often mistaken for Mahogany due to it;s deep reddish brown color, though heavier, stronger and more durable, historically it was used in shipbuilding and in the royal dockyards of British Honduras.

MAHOGANY, straight-grained, reddish-brown timber of the genus swietenia, is a straight, fine, and even grain, free of voids and pockets. Its reddish-brown color darkens over time, and displays an amber sheen when polished. It has excellent workability and durability. Historically, the tree's girth allowed for wide boards from traditional mahogany species. These properties make it a favorable wood for crafting cabinets and furniture.

Washed finishes were developed for each species that showcase the true uniqueness of the grain and richness of the wood's natural color.