THE WONDER OF WOOD
A NATURAL MATERIAL
RAW, PURE AND AUTHENTIC
Sempre’s products are handmade with old and new oak wood and reclaimed teak sourced from old houses, bridges, boats, railway sleepers,… which can easily be 80 years old before used in our furniture. Purchasing a wooden piece means accepting a crack or gap here and there, 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 will develop a grey patina.
We start with the basics: the raw material. For this, we choose from seven 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 seven exceptional textures to choose from.
The finish of your wood largely determines the final look of the product. You can choose a natural look, but gray, patiné, and fumé are also among the options.
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.
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You might want to know this up front!
Our natural wood products are not lacquered or varnished to show their true beauty. 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 not remove materials from use over time, such as nails. 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
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.
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.
Besides regular cleaning with soap and water as described above, we strongly advise our customers to enlist a professional woodworker to do thorough maintenance on their outdoor furniture at least once a year. This is particularly important for large projects where the furniture is kept outdoors all year round and is subjected to intensive use such as in bars, hotels, and restaurants.
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