Design Warehouse is and has been a major furniture supplier to the international teak furniture market with over 18 years of supplying furniture to architects, landscapers, designers, retailers, five star resorts & hotels and the public.
When you purchase a piece of teak furniture from Design Warehouse, you are purchasing furniture made from plantation grown, A-grade Tectona grandis, the finest timber available for garden furniture.
Design Warehouse is selling you furniture made from 100% plantation grown, kiln dried teak wood from the Perum Perhutani plantation in Indonesia.
European designed and manufactured in Indonesia under the supervision of European craftsmen, Indonesian teak is ranked amongst the best in the world. Our teak is A-grade and harvested from government-controlled forest in accordance with sustainable forestry practices.
Teak Furniture History
Historically, Dutch mariners trading in Indonesia were credited with discovering the virtues of teak while making repairs on their sailing ships more than 200 years ago. Since then teak has continued to be the standard for yacht builders around the world. Fine teak garden furniture was manufactured in Europe more than 150 years ago; some of those early designs influence our products today.
Teak has been the choice of landscapers, designers, shipbuilders and furniture makers for centuries.
Teak is always first choice of outdoor use. It is a very stable timber, which has a high oil and rubber content creating a built-in water repellent making it virtually immune to rotting.
Design Warehouse has the knowledge, background and experience and is now giving you the opportunity to purchase these fine pieces of teak furniture at factory direct prices from our Indonesian manufacturing facilities. This allows us to keep our quality high and prices low.
We use the finest quality plantation teak combined with solid brass and stainless steel fittings for beautiful durable garden furniture.
Teak in its natural state loves water and will withstand all weather conditions. This contributes to teak turning a beautiful silver-gray patina that needs no maintenance.
Caring for Teak Furniture in the Garden
Teak is beautiful, durable and practical. It can be left out in the weather without twisting or warping. And, as always, your teak patio furniture will never crack, splinter, or be a home to termites!
New furniture is made from several pieces of wood; the colors of these pieces do not match exactly. Colour variations are normal. As our furniture ages and is exposed to the sun and the rain, the colors will soften and patina to a beautiful uniform silver gray. We recommend a natural finish as this is easily maintained and very practical.
Your outdoor teak furniture can be left outside to weather naturally. The integrity of teak is such that it can be left totally untreated and will slowly attain an elegant silver-gray patina colour without significant deterioration. If, due to some environmental influences, the weathered surface becomes somewhat patchy, our customers have found that scrubbing with warm, soapy water or using diluted Marine cleaner may even up the color. This cleaning process is made easier if the teak is wet beforehand, or after a night’s rain.
Please be aware that after years of exposure to the natural elements, teak outdoor furniture takes on an appearance that is described as faintly weathered. This aged character suits any type of garden setting and is popular with many people because it is natural and virtually maintenance free. Remember, this in no way affects the integrity of the teak. This is why teak has been used for centuries for outdoor use and by shipbuilders.
Or Not To Grey?
If you prefer your furniture to retain its colour, it is necessary to apply a finish that will prevent the weathering process. You can purchase a ‘teak sealer’ at your local marine store, as they are the experts in supplying teak finishes. Our customers find that sealer will last from 6-12 months depending on weather exposure and the environment. The teak sealer will need to be re-applied to maintain the natural color and finish. Please follow the manufacturer’s instructions on all products and/or consult a marine expert. Teak is and has been the preferred wood to build luxury yachts all over the world.