Design Field Notes

Design Field Notes

Design Field Notes

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The All Rounder: Working with Teak

Meet teak, the popular all-rounder of the timber world.  Heralding from South East Asia, it’s highly durable, water resistant and versatile enough that it can be transformed into anything from outdoor dining, to indoor accessories.

Naturally, teak is a yellowish-brown coloured timber with a strong grain and texture.  Left outdoors and exposed to sunlight, it will mature into silvery grey colour that adds beautiful character to its finish.

In the middle of the 20th Century, Danish furniture designers began really using teak to its full capabilities. Mid–Century Danish teak offerings were led by such visionaries as Hans Wegner and Grete Jalk, who helped create a recognizable style that endures still today.

Most recognizably, teak has made a reputation for itself as being extremely long lasting.  Old teak lumbers taken from old estates, bridges and rail road tracks across India, Malaysia and Burma can be reused and reused, taking on a new life as a furniture piece or building material that comes with it’s history.

Although teak is one of the most durable timbers around, it is still a natural product and will change with time.  It’s important to note that the timber may expand and contract due to varying temperatures and conditions, occasionally producing small cracks within or between the timbers. This is normal and often part of a pieces character.

Coco Republic has a wide range of teak products.  Check out the Sutters dining table – a classic design that is perfect for any family home. Whilst my favourite, the Oslo chair, is a timeless design with a nod to the mid century visionary Hans Wegner.