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You intend to age gracefully, why shouldn't your furniture.

All our furniture is made with premium materials, the utmost care and is designed to last you a lifetime.
In the unfortunate event of an issue, we will replace or repair any products deemed to be faulty or suffering from poor workmanship. This is to be assessed on a case by case basis.

To keep your investment looking spiffy and functioning at it's best please follow our care instructions.

What's on your timber furniture.

Unless otherwise specified, your timber is protected with a "hard-wax oil" type finish. Typically we use a product called Osmo Poly-X.

Unlike varnish and lacquers that sit on top of the timber, Osmo Poly-X is a mix of naturally occurring vegetable oils and waxes that penetrates deep into the timber protecting it from within.


These waxes form an elastic, micro-porous surface that is very tough, hard wearing and highly resistant to external moisture, including coffee, tea, wine, soft drink and even your uncle's homemade grappa.

It is also food safe, although we don’t recommend tasting it - probably like that homemade grappa.

Unlike varnishes and lacquers it will not crack, flake, peel or blister and is ideal for high humidity environments.

Why choose a hard wax oil finish?

A hard wax oil finish will not provide the same level of protection as a polyurethane varnish or some commercial lacquers, however we prefer it for the following reasons:


  • They look and feel beautiful:

Nothing looks or feels as good as a hand rubbed oil finish. Oil finishes give you a lovely smooth natural feel while really highlighting the grain and beauty in the timber.

  • They are non-toxic and environmentally friendly:

That means no nasty chemicals for us in our workshop  and none in your home either. Huzzah!

  • They age gracefully:

Unlike varnishes which can crack, chip and end up looking patchy and poor, an oiled timber surface will develop a nice patina with character as it ages.

  • Damaged areas can be repaired easily.

Varnishes cannot be spot repaired, they need to have the entire surface stripped and the finish reapplied professionally.
With hard wax oils, small scratches or damaged areas can be repaired simply with an additional application of oil. Often without the need to sand.

How to care for your table top.

Clean up any spills immediately with a damp cloth and wipe dry. Prolonged contact with liquids may discolour and stain the surface of your timber.

Do not use any cleaning chemicals or solvents to clean your item, they can remove the protective wax coating. We recommend using a specialized cleaning spray sold by Osmo. Otherwise, a lightly dampened cloth should be used to remove any unwanted spills or dirt.

Avoid prolonged contact with metal objects, particularly untreated steel. Chemicals in some metals can cause marings to the timber.

It is also recommended using a saucer under any pot plants.

For tabletops and other high-wear surfaces we recommend semi-regular application of Osmo Liquid Wax Cleaner to rejuvenate tired looking timber and to increase the level of protection.

You can read about this process in detail here.

Other general care instructions.

Do not place timber furniture outside unless it is specifically designed for that environment.

Avoid placing furniture directly under an air conditioning vent or close to a heating source. Prolonged exposure to either may dry the timber excessively and cause warping

Avoid placing furniture near a source of moisture. Prolonged exposure to moisture may cause the timber to warp and distort.

Avoid placing furniture in direct sunlight. Prolonged exposure to UV rays may excessively age and discolour the timber and finishes.

Do not drag your furniture item, always lift the item when moving to a new location and remember to bend your knees.

And finally, even if it’s “Africa” by Toto, please refrain from dancing on the furniture. We might be impressed, but the joinery won’t.

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