Indonesian craftsmanship – Upcycled teak boat furniture

Not only is upcycling a major lifestyle trend in the designer world, it also is a reasonable thing to do, taking into account that by doing so one can save trees, protect habitat and biodiversity, reduce the use of toxic chemicals and help curb global warming. According to Wikipedia upcycling “is the process of converting waste materials or useless products into new materials or products of better quality or a higher environmental value.”

 Due to the environmental benefits mentioned above, I decided to buy a new dinner table made of recycled teak wood that was taken from old Indonesian fishing boats.



In Asia traditional fishing boats are multi colored and the pride of the family that owns them. Indonesian craftsmen handcraft their old boats to unique pieces of furniture. The coloring of the furniture thereby varies from piece to piece. The boat wood tipically has a rough touch, might include nail holes, structural cracks and other roughness giving the furniture a rustical look.


I certainly would not recommend to fill a whole room only with upcycled teak wood furniture from Indonesia, but to maybe use it as an accent piece to bring some color into your home.

You can buy upcycled teak boat furniture for example at,,

The price varies and depends on whether you are a good negotiator or not.

What do you think about the upcycled teak boat furniture from Indonesia? Is it hot – or rather not?

I am looking forward to hear your opinion.

Yours sincerely

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Kelly M. is a long-haired “bon vivant”. Her mother named her after the famous Kelly bag from Hermès. Kelly likes to spend her sunny days in her garden near the pool. She certainly enjoys the bright side of life, most of all eating and all other activities that are beneficial for her body and soul. As Oscar Wilde said: “Looking good and dressing well is a necessity, having a purpose in life is not.”


  • Reply June 20, 2014


    What a cool idea. These piece have way more originality and character than most of the furniture that you’d buy brand new. I agree with you, though that filling a whole room with this style might be a bit much, but just a table, dresser, or bookshelf would be pretty sweet in your home.
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  • Reply June 28, 2014


    I can only agree with Ryan. I like it when the furniture tells you a story. The teak boat table is a great accent piece. Kelly, I’d love to see more of your furniture and how you arranged it…..

  • Reply June 28, 2014


    Very nice!

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