Our mission at Chantiques is to provide unique, hand-crafted goods such that we participate in an "ecology of community". More simply put; lives touched on all levels should benefit from the exchange of commerce. Obviously this fundamentally includes the living planetary ecosystem. There are many ways we can work to improve this but of primary concern is the woods used for our furniture.
The primary woods used in our furniture are teak and mahogany. Neither of these woods are native to Indonesia, but were introduced to the archipelago over 300 years ago. The climate proved suitable and the species have been grown primarily for furniture ever since. Teak wood is also grown in countless private lots and has long been used in Javanese homes for it's superior resilience to the harsh tropical elements.
At Chantiques, we buy only woods that are plantation-grown on Java. Unlike Kalimantan and Sumatra, Java is an incredibly populated island (about 150 million in an area the size of Oregon). There are many well-protected nature reserves and there are also many thousands of hectares of plantation-grown teak and mahogany. In addition there are many private plantations of the fruit trees that we often utilize, such as durian and mango.
These woods are highly prized by the Indonesians and due to their vast local work force, replanting takes place almost immediately. Combine this with a year-round equatorial growing season, and you have a fairly efficient and sustainable wood supply in Java.
In recent years teak garden furniture has become very popular, especially in Europe, and the cost of teak has increased dramatically. To it's credit the Indonesian government has restricted the supply to keep pace with the 40-60 year growing cycle for mature teak. Consequently the price of teak is now quite high.