Wednesday, March 19, 2008

The love of Teak

When I think of teak I think of far off tropics in southeast Asia. Teak is used extensively there as a wood for furniture. I love its use in an outdoor environment where it takes on a soft patina as it ages. Its highly resistant to termites and rot and takes on a soft gray in color with weather exposure. Reclaimed and recycled teak have become extremely popular in the US and Europe. It's a highly durable tropical wood that only gets better with time.

The teak deck adds a place to relax among this Indian garden pool.I understand why this homeowner in Oakland, CA preferred reclaimed teak for a backyard gazebo over using wood from a big box store.
image: NY Times

Reclaimed teak from Indonesia is used for floorboards in this Minnesota
house. The weathered boards add to the old world charm.
image: NY Times
Teak is a popular wood for Indian furniture makers. I would use these chairs in a sun room, patio setting or any room where I want to add a rustic element. White cotton canvas cushions add sophistication or a floral print for a casual feel.


Kari & Kijsa said...

Beautiful! Kijsa has an antique Indonesian teak Bench bed, and it's look and patina is wonderful! Lovely post!

kari & kijsa

Red River Interiors said...

Thanks sisters...I love things that get better with age...especially people...blessings back to you too... Fay

{this is glamorous} said...

Beautiful! The porch and pool are especially lovely.