This bar stool is made of a black painted teak seat with a metal base. Due to the simplicity in its design it will be perfect for in the kitchen, at the bar or on the kitchen island. Not unimportant either; due to the curve in the wooden seat, the stool is very comfortable. Also available in a Natural colour version.
The wood used for the Loft collection is Teak wood. Teak has been a preferred hard wood for centuries for furniture, construction and ship building, also because it is very durable and suitable for outdoor use. Teak wood is indigenous is India, Thailand, Laos and Myanmar, but because of extensive logging it is only in Myanmar that it still grows in natural forests. In Indonesia it was introduced in the 16th century and during Dutch colonial time large plantations were started. After Indonesia became independent the Indonesian government has managed the plantations. This has been quite successful, as teak is a valuable wood and it has always been economical to replant teak after logging trees.
Most of the teak wood in Indonesia that is used for furniture production comes from these plantations. Only for local use sometimes teak from small farms near villages are used. Since it does not grow in the natural forests of Indonesia, no tropical forests are cut for teak wood.
Since 2016 the Indonesian government has regulated all timber trade, with a system to trace all wood that is exported back to the source, where the trees were cut. This has been part of a the FLEGT trade agreement with the EU, to guarantee that only legal wood is imported into the EU.
These aspects together make teak production in Indonesia and its use for furniture both economically and environmentally sustainable.
The wood used for the Loft collection is not from the trunk but from the base and root structure of teak trees. The grains in the wood are therefore more round and irregular, which sometime gives a special effect and more colour variations.
The iron legs of the Loft items are powder-coated, which is a harder protection against rust and scratching compared to regular paint.
Teak wood, iron
The wood has a water-based coating, which protects against water stains. But advised is to use the furniture only indoors and not to leave fluids on the wood for longer period of time. Small damage or scratches in the wood with natural colour can be treated only on the spot itself with light coloured (teak) oil.
The items with wood in black colour have been treated by a special coating mixed with black paint. The black coating is absorbed in the top of the wood and is quite strong. But if any damage would exist, the colour can be restored by spraying paint in matt black colour on the damaged spot.