Teak Week: Using teak in your home

March 5th, 2009

Ok, so we only have so much stuff in our home to share with you (and we’re nearly tapped out on the teak front). Thus, I was inspired by a recent Lisa Canning post, where she put together a bunch of objects (teak dresser, a lamp, art, a pillow etc) to create an entire look for a room. So I thought I’d try my hand at it!

The teak items I chose I nabbed from 1stdibs.com, mostly because their photos are clean and clear. I will tell you right now, 1stdibs.com is the type of place that makes you register to know the prices, so you can imagine what they are. That said, I chose teak items that you can easily find versions of either on Craigslist or at the following stores in Toronto (or basically any vintage furniture store anywhere):

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Teak Sideboard: Jens Quistgaard, circa 1960 from 1stdibs.com. Sideboards pop up on Craigslist all the time.
Vintage Lithograph Print: by Antonio Guanse from UpsideDive, $150. I love love love this print. Every time I pay Upside a visit I secretly wish it’s still there, because I know I’ll be sad when it’s gone. Why don’t I buy it already?!?
Graphic rug: by Toronto textile artist Bev Hisey, email for prices.
Table lamp: Noguchi Akari Lamp 3 from Pazo on Queen St. East has them and a variety of other Noguchi lamp shapes, email them for price.
Pottery: Most vintage furniture shops carry at least a bit of pottery. Best selection we’ve come across is definitely at Rogue Gallery, 733 Queen Street East. Prices vary from $10-$500.


Teak Upholstered Open Armchair: Finn Juhl, circa 1960 from 1stdibs.com. Again, you can find tons of chairs out there that have a teak base and upholstered seat/back, though you may need to use your imagination a bit and reupholster in a newer fabric.
Pillow (detail): Fluf – see their website for locations in Canada and the US.
Bookcase: Sapien Bookcase by Bruno Rainaldi, Design Within Reach, $198-298 – Perfect space saving bookshelf! We want one for our upstairs hallway.

Things to remember when using teak:

1. Teak works in most types of spaces.
2. The colour of the wood is warm and often leans towards orange tones, easily bringing in a sense of sunshine into a room during these dismal winter months. It’s also a type of wood that works with many colours – blue, green, purple, but don’t be afraid of warmer colours like orange, red and yellow because with the right shade it will work.
3. You can use teak to fill a mid-century Danish inspired room or to compliment industrial pieces or contemporary furniture. It’s a flexible style of furniture because it uses classic and simple lines.

That’s enough of me playing interior designer for today. It was really fun dreaming up schemes though, so I may just revisit this theme board concept in the future (thanks Lisa for the idea!).

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