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The Great Outdoors

It’s almost summertime and outdoor living is easy with new outdoor options, ranging from furniture to flooring.

Take a Peek at Teak

Teak has a big concentration of oils and minerals, causing the wood to be waxy and flexible, making a wood that is water-resistant and insect-resistant; the wood also has a strong, straight grain to resist bending, according to Westminster Teak.

This makes it one of the hardest, strongest and most durable of all timbers, highly resistant to any rotting and almost impervious to the effects of hot sun, rain, frost or snow. These characteristics combine to make it the ideal timber for all outdoor applications. Teak is extremely dense-grained and highly resistant to decay, warping, shrinkage and swelling. These characteristics make teak furniture extremely durable.

“Good design comes from being passionate with every detail of the craft, from concept to completion,” said Mal Haddad, VP of design at the company. “Since teak is a material that lasts a very long time, the furniture design should be timeless and project a sense permanence. It should resonate the idea of form and function, and how we live with the furniture, cherished over generations. Good design should be as relevant now as it was 50 years ago, and 50 years from now…long after trends are forgotten.”

Hit the Deck

Global engineered-wood supplier Havwoods International has introduced its first decking product range. Made entirely from recycled wood and plastics, the FSC-certified Trekker collection offers a range of composite decking and cladding boards suitable for both external and internal use. The collection consists of three diverse color grades—including chocolate, oak and vulcan—and textured designs, such as wood grain, fluted and fascia.

“Wood naturally absorbs moisture, which does not make it ideal for outdoor decking,” said Allan Singh, general manager for North America, Havwoods International. “As such, Havwoods International scoured the world for composite decking products that would satisfy our customers’ needs to provide a quality decking solution as good as our engineered hardwood flooring and wall cladding.”

Sleek Seats
From Brown Jordan designer Kevin Diedrick, the Ciclo Sling Collection incorporates a clean, contemporary and parametric design. Named for its signature circular silhouette, these dining and seating pieces are organic and sleek in composition, but were designed with comfort in mind. “Good design is equal parts aesthetics and function, but not one without the other,” said Diedrick.