When it comes to wooden furniture, teak is one of the strongest timbers in the world. It reigns as a prized timeless material for both indoor and outdoor use.
Teak is one of the most durable and weather-resistant woods due to its high oil content, not to mention it is attractive and elegant with a warm golden hue. It may not be cheap, but it’s well worth investing in good quality teak furniture if you’re planning to have it for the long term. It’s also easily adaptable into various home designs, be it a rustic industrial look or a more clean, contemporary Scandinavian one.
If you’re stumped on where to go, here are five eco-friendly places in Singapore to get the best teak furniture for your home:
The Belgian-based brand offers an extensive range of high quality, stylish and affordable wood furnishings, with a primary focus on teak and oak. From a king- or queen-sized bed frame to a sleek sideboard or useful coasters, Ethnicraft oversees its own production chain and uses reclaimed and plantation Javanese timber. While it’s primarily an online store, you can also visit its showrooms to have a feel. Plus, maintenance services are free!
Showrooms at: 72 Eunos Avenue 7 #05-05, Singapore Handicrafts Building and 315 Outram Road #02-01, Tan Boon Liat Building.
2. Journey East
Established in 1995, Journey East offers a meticulous curation of eclectic reclaimed teak wood furnishings – from refurbished designer vintage pieces to upcycled retro fittings you can’t find elsewhere. The store carries eight brands, including d-Bodhi and House Doctor, and you can also find premium outdoor fixtures for a stylish garden or patio. Besides teak, there are also a huge range of beautiful and quirky home accessories like lights, cushions and dinnerware from all over the world to match the teak pieces.
Showroom at: #03-02, 315 Outram Rd, Tan Boon Liat Building.
3. Mountain Teak
If you’re into the minimalist look for your home, here’s your new go-to store. You’ll only get European quality craftsmanship here, and you can even find exclusive brands like Karpenter which carries classic Scandinavian designs with clean lines and gentle angles. Three types of timber are used: 100% solid reclaimed teak certified by the Forest Stewardship Council, European White Oak and American Black Walnut.
Showroom at: #07-02, 315 Outram Road, Tan Boon Liat Building.
4. Teak Avenue
Genuine Burmese teak wood is the timber used to construct the simple and elegant hand-finished pieces at Teak Avenue. Whether you’re looking for a sturdy chest of drawers, sleek bench or beautiful dining centrepiece, you’ll find all that and more. The wood is the real star here as most designs focus on the graceful curves and unique graining of each piece.
Showroom at: #02-05, 9 Tagore Lane, Upper Thomson Road, 9@Tagore.
With an emphasis on clean and functional Scandinavian design, Scanteak produces an array of furniture for the living room, bedroom, reading room, dining room, and outdoors. With teak from Java, Indonesia, and strict quality control standards, the award-winning brand is known for superb workmanship and excellent wood finishings. The brand has also collaborated with Outofstock, and its two designer collections – HOLM and Prologue – are made with its users in mind.
Featured showroom at: #02-04/05/06, 177 River Valley Road, Liang Court.
Written by Elizabeth Liew for The Singapore Women's Weekly.