The Craft: Salvaging Reclaimed Teak Wood in Indonesia

Jul 2, 2014

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EQ3′s Reclaimed Teak collection has been a customer, and an in-house favourite, since it was first introduced to the EQ3 product line in the Fall of 2012. The collection began with a few pieces for the living room, and has since expanded to include casegoods for the bedroom and dining room, as well. Natural variations in the wood’s pattern and colour ensure that no two designs are alike.

 

Recently, a customer reached out to us about the collection. He had just purchased the Reclaimed Teak Bed and Low Dresser and wanted to know more about the salvaged wood materials that went into making his new furniture. Where does the wood originate from? What age is the wood? What is the salvaging process like, from start to finish?

 

Curiosity piqued, we sat down with EQ3′s Casegoods Product Developer Madi Cash to learn how old wood is given new life as modern furniture.

 

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Where does the wood used to construct EQ3′s Reclaimed Teak furniture originate from?

 

EQ3′s Reclaimed Teak collection is constructed with wood salvaged from the central Java region of Indonesia. The country’s hot and humid climate is perfect for growing teak and other unique wood species.

 

 

What was the wood used for in its previous life?

 

Teak is a beautiful hardwood traditionally used in Indonesia as a structural component in civic buildings and houses. As time progresses and cities evolve, many of these grand buildings and houses that were built many years ago are now being torn down. Before reclaimed woods evolved into a desirable consumer good, the original teak structure was often discarded. This is completely insane considering the inherent beauty of this material. About ten years ago, a group of individuals began re-purposing the material for smaller projects. While researching our teak stumps, we met this group and began our partnership. Since then, reclaimed woods have become more popular than fresh wood!

 

 

How old is the salvaged wood?

 

The age of the material varies and depends on the age of the building the wood was salvaged from.

 

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You experienced the salvaging process, first hand, during one of your frequent visits to Indonesia. What was this experience like?

 

Watching their process is a unique experience. Layer by layer the structure is carefully skinned, revealing massive teak beams and delicate teak door and window frames. After the material is salvaged it is then sorted into piles and subsequently laminated into useful material, each plank becoming entirely unique. The resulting planks of reclaimed teak showcase intricate and varied patterns inherent in the material. The new planks are an homage to the life the teak has led and reflect the new life it is beginning.

 

 

How does the making process behind EQ3’s Teak Wood Stools differ from the rest of the Reclaimed Teak collection?

 

The Teak Wood Stools are salvaged from the same region as our Reclaimed Teak collection. However, they are literally stumps of trees that have been cut down. Some of these trees will have been cut many years ago, and some as few as five years ago. Each stump will vary wildly from the next.

 

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You’ve worked closely with our team based in Indonesia on the development of our Reclaimed Teak collection. What are you currently working on? What’s next for the collection?

 

We have recently rounded out our collection with the introduction of the Reclaimed Teak Shelving Unit and Reclaimed Teak End Table. The collection was an evolution. It started with the Coffee Table and Plasma unit, which EQ3′s Creative Director Thom Fougere designed, and gave way to the bedroom, dining and storage pieces that I designed. It was fun to work on the collection in this way and allowed us both to put a lot of thought into each piece.

 

Right now we’re working on updates to some of the existing pieces but are just hoping that people continue to admire (and purchase!) the existing collection.

 

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Image Source: All photographs credited to Madi Cash

Freebie: Printable July Planner

Jul 1, 2014

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Happy First of July, and happy Canada Day to all of our Canadian customers! Summer is synonymous with pared back living, and this month’s calendar celebrates simplicity with Anchler - EQ3′s newest entertainment and storage collection. The Anchler Coffee Table is designed with natural wood and only the essential details, making it the perfect addition to the modern home and cottage, alike. So whether you kick up your feet with a good book, or gather together your closest friends, we hope you make time this summer to enjoy the simple things in life.

 

Click here to download and print the July Monthly Planner.

 

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Feature Image: Anchler Coffee Table

 

Note: This calendar is intended for personal use only. Print it, enjoy it and share it with your friends! However, commercial use and distribution of this calendar for profit is strictly prohibited. Thanks for your cooperation.

Instagram: June 2014

Jun 30, 2014

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We’re wrapping up June with an Instagram round-up from the staff at EQ3.

 

Our favourite photograph this month comes from Heather, one of EQ3′s talented in-house Graphic Designers. Heather recently treated herself to a new Fiberglass Eames Rocker from Herman Miller – lucky girl – and here it is in all its mid-century modern glory. We love how the iconic chair looks in Heather’s turn-of-the-century character apartment.

Other Instagram highlights include cabin life, shots of two of our favourite customers (one human, one furry friend), and of course, more Eames.

 

Instagrams taken by staff at our Head Office and EQ3 retail stores. For more great Instagrams, follow our company account @EQ3_Furniture.

Blogger’s Style: Amy from Love on Sunday

Jun 27, 2014

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We are excited to introduce you to EQ3′s June Blogger of the Month, Amy Del Rosario! Based in Toronto, Amy currently works as a Graphic Designer for Joe Fresh Online. In addition to her full-time gig, Amy blogs over at Love On Sunday about vintage furniture, thrifting and photography, and also contributes regularly to Emma Reddington’s widely read design blog The Marion House Book.

 

Amy’s currently loving EQ3′s Micah Floor Lamp, and recently found a spot for it in her beautiful living room. Take a look…

 

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After 3 years of living in our condo, we finally decided on the the perfect wall treatment in our living room. We went from a mirror, to a large canvas painting and now have just finished our art wall. It’s the perfect spot to display our thrifted treasures (like the large mid-century clock on the wall), photos from our travels and different art we’ve collected throughout the years. It’s probably no surprise that this is my favourite spot in our home. I love to curl up on the sectional with a good book or magazine so it’s important to have options when it comes to lighting.

 

I chose the Micah Floor Lamp because of its colour and clean lines. I love the black shade and it’s the perfect size to illuminate the space and art wall. I also love the soft lighting it provides during the evening. The angled metal base is also great for small spaces since it can be tucked under the sofa and doesn’t take up much floor space. It really has made the space a lot more cozier for relaxing nights at home.  - Amy, Love On Sunday

 

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Image Source: Photographs credited to Amy Del Rosario

#KindnessBomb Flashmob: 1000 Acts of Kindness

Jun 26, 2014

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Last summer, in conjunction with Marimekko North America, EQ3 Marimekko shop-in-shops took part in the World Karma Project’s “1000 Acts of Kindness” campaign. Each shop in shop featured a temporary art installation of 108 origami cranes, and customers were encouraged to write an act of kindness on a crane, and then to go out and do that act within 48 hours.

 

This weekend, the 1000 Acts of Kindness Origami Installation will be in London, UK for the Southbank Centre Festival of Love. Over 8 million people are expected to attend the event, and World Karma Project is inviting people from across the globe to join them on Twitter for a Kindness Bomb Flashmob!

 

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On Saturday, June 28 @WorldKarmaProj will send out 3 Tweets and a Facebook update: “Unleash #KindnessBomb #1000actsofkindness.” In true flashmob fashion, World Karma Project is encouraging everyone to complete each of their 3 kindness acts within 15 minutes of  the #KindnessBomb Tweets.

 

Of course, no good deed goes to waste, so you may complete your 3 acts of kindness anytime throughout Saturday’s event!

 

Help start the kindness ripple effect:

 

- Take photographs and feed Twitter and Facebook with the hashtag #KindnessBomb #1000actsofkindness

- Engage across muliple platforms (Reddit, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Tumblr and Twitter)

- And, of course, if you’re lucky enough to be in London, UK this Saturday, stop by the South Bank Centre Festival of Love to see the 1000 Acts of Kindnress Art Installation, and to take part in the live launch of the Kindness Bomb!

 

Follow @WorldKarmaproj on Twitter and visit the Kindness Bomb Event Page on Facebook for more details.

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