The cedar of Lebanon belongs to the family Pinaceae. Thousands of years ago extensive forests of this tree decked mountain slopes in the whole of the Near East. Today in its original zone there are only a few hundred. Originally from the eastern Mediterranean, it has been cultivated in Italy and the rest of Europe since the end of the 1700s in parks and gardens. The cedar of Lebanon is conical with horizontal tiers of lush leafage. It grows fast and reaches a height of 15 to 40 m with a breadth of 6 to 10 m for its canopy.

Reclaimed wood

Riva 1920 obtains cedars which have fallen in the wake of natural catastrophes such as mudslides, landslides and gales or which have been felled routinely for safety reasons such as for blocking roads or being too near housing. These colossi come from the north of Italy, especially Piedmont and Lombardy, and the wood from them is heavy and resistant, smelling strongly of balsam. 


This wood can be processed thanks to use of the most advanced technology in the form of CNC machines with 5 or 6 axes , which starting with only the trunk can produce any object desired. The finished products are then sanded and finished by hand. The collection, signed by internationally famous designers, has over 100 items, including stools, benches and chairs. Owing to its being a moth-repellent the wood is also coming to be used for wardrobes and other storage units.