Tried-and-tested beauty: mafi natural wood floors in a panel


  • Definitions
  • Four panel profiles from mafi
  • Modern design
  • Where does the tradition of panel come from?
  • Reading time: 4 min


Panel stands for timeless elegance and can be found in countless palaces and other magnificent buildings around Europe. But this classic is not just at home in the past: panel is becoming increasingly popular in modern design, too. As an exception, the perspective was not focused so much on the future as we developed this product.

As we created this design, we went with the tried-and-tested in order to give individual room designs a look that could be either modern or traditional. Every wood floor and every panel from mafi is one-of-a-kind. The geometric patterns created from the different-sized wood pieces with different color nuances really turn the floor into a special style statement.

The four different profiles in which the panel is available can be used to create incomparable designs for any room. So we hope you'll be inspired by the elegance of mafi's parquet.

What exactly is panel? - A definition

In Europe, parquet is considered one of the finest and most exclusive wooden floors and mafi's natural wood panels are handcrafted. Patterns dating back centuries combined with modern concepts can lend any room a special elegance. Inspired by classic panels from old palaces and manor houses in France, parquet has its place in extraordinary, modern architectural projects. Geometric panels made of lozenges (rhombuses) form square panels which are glued together.

The special appearance is created by the geometric arrangement of the wood. In addition, different color combinations are often used. The result is a classic, yet unique look which gives every room a special charm and sheds a spotlight on the craftsmanship that goes into the flooring.

Design variety: four panels from mafi

Whether classic or modern, panel is definitely an exceptional format for your next flooring project. Each of the four panels from mafi features an individual design. The four different profiles vary in the arrangement of the geometric wooden elements. The high-quality, symmetrical 3-layer structure of mafi natural wood floors is retained as part of each of the four panels and ensures the necessary dimensional stability.

The top and bottom layers are made of the same wood with the same initial thickness. This greatly minimizes the natural movement of the wood as well as any buckling or dips. Each parquet element is 70 x 70 cm and has a total thickness of 19 mm.

The panel can also be given a personal touch by choosing different color nuances and wood species. All four mafi profiles are available in four variations: OAK, OAK Vulcano Medium, OAK Vulcano, and NUT USA.

Parquet can be combined with all existing natural wood floors in 19 mm thickness. A wall panel can also be created with the same species and color option in plank form.

mafi natural wood floors' four parquet profiles in the Passato Collection:

Profile A

The distinguishing feature of this profile is the arrangement of the pieces at a 45° angle in the central part of the panel, then artfully framed with a border. This panel can be combined perfectly with both modern and classic interiors, as it is seen as  a timeless stylistic device with a geometric pattern that exudes a magnificent charm.

Profile B

If straight shapes and lines are preferred, Profile B is the way to go. In this case, the border cleverly frames the middle part of the plate. The arrangement of the pieces is straight, with them at 180° angles to each other. This panel adapts perfectly to any space and exudes a subtle elegance.

Profile C

A special eye catcher among mafi's panels. The framing continues on the basis of ever smaller lengths of wood, which are broken through in the middle by a cross. This variant works particularly well in large rooms, where the cross gives depth to the panels.

Profile D

this profile convinces with an extravagant appearance. It is a lively and dynamic parquet pattern, ideally combined with a classic interior. The arrangement of the wood is crossed, with five narrower strips of wood crossing each other and also framed by a border. This parquet is the original Versailles panel and has probably the longest history behind it.

Modern design

Parquet is considered a classic that lends special spaces a particular elegance. It is often used in older buildings in Europe and reflects the Baroque tastes of the eighteenth century in particular.

The classic, timeless design of mafi's panel can also be used as a contrast element with a modern interior to give a warm, familiar extravagance with its characteristic appearance. Some modern uses of parquet have been in combination with exposed concrete or snow-white walls. A transfer concept between tradition and modernity would be to lay parquet in the kitchen or dining room. Panel was frequently used in these rooms. In coordination with modern kitchens, this can offer an exciting new alternative.

French charm: Versailles panel

The elegant, yet rustic look of parquet won many fans centuries ago when it was used in many palaces and manor houses. The unique charm of such flooring panels draws on French history. Versailles, for example, had splendid parquet flooring throughout its festive halls.

Versailles panel impresses with its detailed look that exudes charm both in spacious classic rooms and in modern projects. The longevity of craftsmanship and a century-old tradition make parquet a unique flooring choice that's still considered a refined classic to this day.

Oiled parquet flooring

The elegance created by mafi panel not only has its aesthetic advantages, but is also wonderful for creating healthy living spaces. mafi's chemical-free finish based on natural oils produces a breathable wood that harmonizes perfectly with human skin. A natural treatment of the parquet without any chemical processing leads to an unadulterated wood surface. The naturalness of the floor is noticeable.

The oil is applied to the wood surface and only air-dried and oxidated. The oil is thus able to penetrate deep into the wood without leaving an unnatural film on the surface. In contrast to more conventional finishes, oiling leaves the pores of the wood open. This allows a natural exchange of moisture to take place.

This improves the indoor climate and provides real relief, especially for allergy sufferers. The natural surface also simplifies repairs. These can be carried out selectively without having to redo the entire room.