TRUTH IN DECORATING
THE PRO’S GUIDE TO TEAK
Teak furniture can last a generation if cared for properly, and it never goes out of style. Spending a little more on high-quality, ethically sourced teak will help ensure that it lasts. If you’re going to use it outside, remember that the wood comes from tropical, humid climates and will need moisture and upkeep in drier ones. Maintenance is the key to sustainability: Experts recommend washing and oiling teak every season. To wash, first rub water then spray-on cleaner evenly into the wood with a sponge. Let it sit for five minutes before scrubbing the surface along the grain with a brush. And don’t reserve teak only for the outdoors. Bush and Romanek often deploy it inside for an elegant, modern look.
QUADRADO DAYBED BY MINOTTI
JB: This would be great in a lush, tropical setting by a pool, upholstered in one color.
BR: A showstopper—the bronze legs are fantastic. I’d use two at my Hamptons dream home.
95• w. X 71• d. X 32• h.; from $28,375.