THE WONDER OF WOOD
AN AUTHENTIC MATERIAL
RAW, PURE AND AUTHENTIC
Sempre’s products are handmade with reclaimed wood and
manufactured using ancient methods. The solid wood used
for our products can be up to 300 years old. Purchasing a
wooden piece means accepting a crack or gap, an irregular
surface or wood structure, and the fact that the material
lives. As a natural result of external influences, each piece will
age differently and develop its unique character over time.
When left outdoors the wood gradually changes color due to
sunshine and rain and will develop a marvelous “weathered”
We start with the basics: the raw material. For this, we choose from six types of wood. Each type has its characteristics and properties that define it.
Once the type of wood has been determined, it’s time for the next step: choosing the right texture. There are sixteen exceptional textures to pick from, ranging from hand-sculpted by our master carpenters to machine-carved. They can be applied to any type of wood!
As a result of years of exposure to the elements, our oak has acquired a particular appearance and a distinct character featuring authentic grooves, tears, knots and nail holes.
The visible history of these rustic-looking boards immediately recreates the warm atmosphere of their original setting.
Harvested from old, unused structures. Due to teak’s natural decay resistance and durability over eras, this wood has the same quality that freshly-cut teak does.
By using recycled teak wood, we ensure that the world’s forests can recover.
Reclaimed telephone poles & railway sleepers are reused to construct new pieces of furniture with a story to tell!
We are convinced that the natural aging process should be celebrated. That is why our products are not protected by default. If you do not want your furniture to endure too much, you have a few options to choose from.
good to know
You might want to know this up front!
In order to show their true beauty our natural wood products are not lacquered or varnished. Because the wood is not sealed, it will absorb liquids from leaves, food, drinks, etc., which causes the wood to stain.
If desired, we can apply a protective layer.
Wood is a living product that moves with time and can shrink and expand under the influence of humidity and temperature changes. Having
all the screws and connections checked and tightened will extend the furniture’s lifespan so that you can enjoy it for many years to come. The relative air humidity should be controlled and held at a constant 60 – 65% to minimize the risk of cracking.
marks and stains
Since the wood has been used before, it has inevitable characteristics and markings. We insert patches in the wood to fill in holes and remove materials from use over time, such as nails, for safety reasons. Please note that all
these materials can cause rust, which might stain the product itself or cause sedimentation on the floor. The stains, however, will not compromise the quality of the wood itself.
Our wooden tables are originally designed for indoor use, but we can easily adjust their design for outdoors. In this case, we will alter the table top’s construction and leave some room in between the individual boards so that water can run through, and the wood has room to expand. This way, the wood will not warp or crack as easily. We use this outdoor design only for teak tables. If you wish to have an outdoor oak table, we recommend using a stone top with an oak table base.
Hardwoods such as teak and oak contain natural colorants such as tannins that are dissolvable in water. As a result, a discoloration from yellow to brown or red may occur when the wood comes in contact with liquid or even water-based paint or is put in a moist environment. These natural tannins can also emerge from the wood and affect any products or surfaces surrounding the wood.
Tables should remain leveled to avoid contortion and destabilization of the construction. The majority of our tables are shipped upside down to prevent breakage. It is essential to not put any weight on the legs from the sides when flipping the table. Instead, lift the entire table at once and place all legs on the floor simultaneously.
scars, stains, disorder & distortion
we find beauty in imperfection
to keep your furniture beautiful in a natural way
Light exposure has a big impact on teak. For example, in a dark room, the table will darken, and an oil layer will form on the surface. External outdoor influences, in turn, create a grayed and weathered effect.
When teak is treated, it gets an orange shine. Don’t worry; if you prefer a greyish look, you can leave the furniture outside until it has the perfect aged look or speed up the process with brown soap, a sprinkle of bleach, and water. The more bleach you use, the more it clears.
Our advice is to clean and nourish the teak from time to time with a small amount of natural glycerin-based soap. We recommend Teak Protector Spray for indoor use, which covers the table with a thin protective layer. As this wears off over time, especially when the wood is used intensely, you should regularly reapply the treatment. This treatment ensures that the wood’s appearance is preserved and is not affected by external factors such as light.
Please note that teak fumé cannot be treated with TPS and should instead be polished or waxed.
Oak can be treated with a humid cleaning cloth and a bit of decolorant followed by natural glycerin-based soap. Afterward, you can use a sanding sponge to polish the surface.
In addition to regular cleaning with soap and water as described above, we strongly recommend hiring a professional woodworker to clean your outdoor furniture at least once a year. This is particularly important for large projects where the furniture is kept outside all year round and is exposed to intensive use, such as in bars, hotels and restaurants.
Our natural oak furniture (from 2020) receives a water-based treatment as standard so that wiping with a cloth is sufficient to clean the furniture.
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