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Q&A: Marlanteak

HL chatted to furniture specialists, marlanteak, about how best to create a comfortable and functional area outdoors. What’s the best way to design an outdoor space? Your outdoor area should be approached just as you would your interior design. With the developments in weatherproof materials, patios have become natural extensions of our living rooms. Outdoor spaces can be decorated with the same details you’d ordinarily find indoors by including outdoor tables and standing lamps, rugs and other decorative accessories that are impervious to the elements. Which of your ranges are most suitable for a smaller outdoor space? Almost every one of our ranges has something to offer those with space challenges.  Some highlights include: the Room Divider by Kettal onto which you can place potted plants to create a vertical garden screen, the bistro styling of the Branch Collection by Tribu offers smaller tables for intimate alfresco dining and the Solana Collection from Gloster with folding chairs and loungers make it easy to fold furniture away when you need more space. You specialise in traditional teak furniture. How do you look after and maintain teak furniture that’s kept outside? Whist we do offer a cleaning and maintenance service there are some easy tips for maintaining your teak furniture. Due to its high natural oil content teak doesn’t require any special treatment or oiling. Teak is a natural product and its eventual silvery weathered look is all part of its appeal. To maintain this colour we recommend that you hose or wipe your furniture down with a damp cloth on a regular basis. A thorough clean using soapy water and a soft-bristled brush is recommended about twice a year. You must ensure the furniture is wet before you start the cleaning process. Marlanteak also offers specialist teak cleaning products so get in touch about these products or for any general maintenance advice. Your latest outdoor collection, ‘Village’ by London-based designer, Jasper Morrison for Kettal, features lightweight aluminium chairs. What’s the best thing about this new range? Besides the archetypal contemporary lines typical of stackable chair design, the Village collection is made from durable and lightweight aluminium, making it very easy to handle.  The neutral language of its form means it blends in with its surroundings, but still boasts – albeit in a hushed tone - iconic contemporary designer style. For more information about marlanteak and their ranges, visit Compiled by Lindi Brownell Meiring