What is reclaimed Teak?
Reclaimed Teak means it was harvested and milled decades ago, crafted into either furniture, housing, or flooring, then re-crafted again into new furniture. All our solid teak has been reclaimed from central Java, Indonesia. All pieces in our indoor range, as with out outdoor range, are made of high quality solid teak – not teak-veneered.
What happens during the ‘reclaiming’ process?
The old teak wood is cleaned to remove old finishes, varnishes and oils, dirt and particles as well as all old hardware. Craftsmen then plane and sand each piece of wood to restore the grain and color. This is then crafted into a usable size for the styles being created. The wood is then kin-dried (when necessary) in our computerized ovens to obtain the optimum moisture content. The wood is then sanded and finished, ready for construction.
How are your tables made?
Our tables, chairs and buffets are made in central Java, Indonesia. We use the same facilities as we do for our outdoor ranges. Our craftsmen there build with the same attention that is required for outdoor furniture. We use coated brass & zinc screws and epoxy glues, and then finished to the desired distressed look. Finally, a patina finish is wiped on with a final wax coating. Each piece is individual – no two pieces are the exactly same.
How do you build your chairs?
Our chairs are woven and constructed at our main manufacturing plant as our outdoor wicker in Java Indonesia. Again, attention to detail is of prime importance and workmanship is of the highest standards. We have adopted the Lloyd Loom method in our construction of chairs by using a weave of twisted paper and wire, on a solid Mindi wood frame, resulting in clean, simple, and chic designs. Mindi wood is grown in Plantations across Indonesia and is a White Cedar wood. It was brought to the country by the Dutch and is therefore not an indigenous wood and was renamed Mindi wood by the Indonesians. Our indoor wicker is not for outdoor use. Some of our styles are hand-woven polyethylene fiber surrounding an aluminum framing. These chairs are ideal indoors and out.
What is Lloyd Loom?
This is the name given to woven furniture who’s weaving method and fiber used was invented by Marshall Burns Lloyd nearly 100 years ago. Lloyd loom weave is made from twisted paper and wire. This method of weaving for the indoors is renowned for its longevity and durability. Again, it is not for outdoor use.
Can any of your indoor chairs be used outside?
Yes! We constructed some of our styles in a polyethylene weave with aluminum frames, which can be used in all elements. These styles complement any of our other indoor styles. We only use European through-dyed fiber made by Viro®, a reputable man-made fiber manufacturer.
How do I clean my indoor tables?
For general day to day cleaning, and to maintain the rustic indoor teak look, use a mixture of warm water and a mild soap. Be sure to use a soft cloth, as an abrasive sponge or rag might leave nicks or scratches in the wood. Wipe off the furniture with the mixture, then let it dry naturally. This not only helps to get dirt, dust and grime off, but also helps to preserve the original shade in which you bought it. Teak wood tends to darken over time naturally; however, regular cleansing helps to prevent that process from taking place. Unlike outdoor teak, indoor teak will not turn a patina gray because it is not exposed to outside environmental changes. To maintain the patina wash that has been used on your table after construction, use a furniture wax twice yearly that you will buff into the wood.
What are my indoor furniture color options?
There are products available in the marketplace to turn wood any custom color. However, we designed our indoor range to reflect the beautiful natural color of teak. This is the 2011 color for a soft, European country-look.
Can I use my reclaimed teak table outdoors?
You can leave your table outdoors if you realize the look will become more rustic. The joint and tabletop may separate over time. This, however, is the ultimate look for some customers, as they love the aged European look.
What is your guarantee?
DESIGN WAREHOUSE warrants to the original purchaser that our teak indoor furniture is free of defects in the workmanship, aside from the character in design – being a distressed look and feel. This warranty does not cover furniture that has been modified, intentionally or accidentally damaged, misused, abused or neglected, or affected by force majeure. We are not liable for weathering, checking on the end grain, or normal wear and tear due to usage. We are not liable for improper assembly if the furniture is purchased flat-packed. Warranties are limited to one year for residential use by the original purchaser.