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    Discover the Environmental Benefits of Reclaimed Wood

    In recent years we have seen a growing trend to become more socially and environmentally-conscious – whether that is our transport, our diet or our homes. Sustainability is becoming more mainstream and we can now apply it to every aspect of our modern lives.

    Minimising environmental impact is one of Puji’s core aims and we are committed to maintaining an ethical production of furniture. As well as using reclaimed wood for the majority of our furniture, we work hard to recycle as much of our packaging and wrapping as possible.

    We use top-quality reclaimed timbers of mixed grades and transform them into beautiful, unique, durable pieces of furniture. Read on to discover some of the reasons why using reclaimed wood for furniture has aesthetic and environmental benefits.

    Preserve Natural Resources

    Using reclaimed wood is environmentally-friendly as it preserves our natural wood resources for other uses. The recent trend for reclaimed wooden furniture has resulted in a decline in the need for extensive logging and deforestation and allows more time for the cultivation of trees. Trees now have more time to grow, resulting in higher quality timber when they are cut down.

    Create Less Waste

    The environmental benefits of buying recycled wood are considerable. Using reclaimed teak furniture like ours makes use of existing wood that has been harvested long ago and means fewer trees are cut from today's woodland.

    The reclaimed teak we use for our furniture is sourced through recognised Indonesian timber brokers who buy recovered timber from old colonial buildings and old boats. Each old ‘dinglik’ plank is stamped by the authorities as proof of its source before it is brought to the Indonesian factory.

    We also use mango wood for our furniture. This is a by-product of an already thriving industry – mango fruit. Unlike oak and other hardwood, mango trees mature quickly, reaching 80-100 feet in around 15 years. Once the trees get too tall to easily harvest the fruit, or stop bearing fruit altogether, they are harvested for timber and a new generation of trees is planted.

    Harvesting wood that was previously burnt or left to break down naturally means extra income for mango farmers and also provides furniture manufacturers with an affordable material that is easy to work with.

    Use Less Paint, Stains and Toxins

    Reclaimed wood offers a raw, unique aesthetic that is not uniform in tone or texture. This is the look most people using reclaimed wood want to achieve, so there is no need to use paints or wood stainers. Each of these treatments require chemicals that have a negative effect on the environment.

    When we decide to do things that have a positive effect on our environment, we can have a clear conscience in knowing that we made the right choices. From the small, daily decisions we make, such as re-using carrier bags, right through to the bigger decisions, like furnishing your home, Puji’s message is clear – do what is best for the environment and create a socially-responsible home.

    We always insist on using sustainable materials used with top-quality design and craftsmanship – and the results can be seen in our unique products that everyone can be proud of.

  • Colours To Inspire An Oriental Themed Living Space

    If you are looking to upgrade your living room in 2018, then an oriental design is definitely a theme you should consider. The rich colours used to create a far-eastern style can be a daunting break from a standard neutral backdrop, but the rewards are well worth it.

    Read on to discover some of the most popular colours used in an oriental living area, and the impact they can have on your home's appearance and your mood.

    Ocean Blue

    Ocean or sky blue is the colour of trust and honesty and helps to bring a sense of clarity to your life, so it is ideal for using in the rooms you spend the most time. Having one or two pieces of furniture in this colour will also help to introduce some peace and relaxation into the room environment.

    Because of its bright nature, you do not want to go overboard – instead, choose your products wisely – side tables or console units are a subtle way to display this colour.

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    Rich Yellow

    Oriental design is famed for its use of floral patterns, and these often include a rich yellow or muted orange shade. Both are happy colours that are ideal to add to a retro or rustic-style home, and can help to create an authentic shabby-chic ambience. Again, like ocean blue, it is a colour that should be used sparingly.

    Aged sideboards or storage boxes look amazing with yellow floral art – just take a look at our limited edition hand-painted tukang sideboard! Another benefit of yellow is that it brings originality and positive energy into the living space.

    Hand Painted Oriental Cupboard

    Deep Blue

    If ocean blue is a little too bright for your taste, then dark blue can be a good alternative. It still creates a cooling, tranquil atmosphere but is a little more subdued. Dark blue is also a more practical colour that is useful in areas where you work.

    If part of your living space has a home office, then choosing a dark blue desk could be a clever choice. Alternatively, a chest of drawers also looks impressive.

    tukang-seven-drawer-console-dark_blue_1

    Gold & Copper

    Perhaps one of the most famous elements of the oriental style is the use of gold or copper colours, especially for room accessories. Displaying lanterns, lamps, or mirrors with a gold design is sure to inspire a far-eastern ambience.

    Gold is associated with achievement and elegance, and adds a luxurious touch to otherwise bland backgrounds. Our Lara gold mirror in combination with the hammered table lamp will draw the eye to this wonderful colour.

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  • Furniture That Feels Like The Forest

    When Jimmy Ioannou founded Puji in 2004, his journey in creating spectacular, eco-friendly
    furniture began. 13 years later, the company has grown into one of the UK's leading independent furniture retailers, yet the ethos and drive remains the same.

    Using reclaimed teak wood, the products are hand-crafted by local artisans in their Indonesian
    workshops, and the end result is bespoke, limited-edition designs that bring a natural ambience into the home environment.

    For each room of the house, there are beautiful items to be found, which are guaranteed to stand out from the crowd.

    Living Space

    The Belokan Rustic Coffee Table is a feature piece in the living room collection. Curvaceous,
    twisted and mysterious, it has been carved from teak root into a stunning product. A definite head-turner, and functional coffee table to host any family or friends who visit. The simple, yet elegant glass table top can be lifted off for easy cleaning.

    teak coffee table

    Dining Room

    To give the dining area a unique appearance, the Reclaimed Teak Hanging Wine Rack adds
    character and warmth to the room design. Aged reclaimed teak wood, combined with iron bottle fittings, provides a rustic accessory that can hold up to 8 bottles of wine at a time. As each item is individually hand-made, it can be guaranteed that every piece is unique.

    wine rack

    Office Furniture

    Natural, earthy products that bring the forest into the home, Decorative Teak Pots give extra storage options and can also be used to hold plants or dried grasses. To preserve the valuable teak plantations in Indonesia, reclaimed wood is again used to construct these items. You can almost feel the history in each piece of timber!

    teak pot

    Hallway Features

    An amazing table that could adorn a hallway or an office. The Maisarah Carved Teak Console is a truly inspiring and durable item that will last for many years to come. The perfect antidote to bland, flatpack furniture, it is a quality and ethically manufactured limited-edition product. The flat, varnished table top is ideal for displaying photos, ornaments, or even a subtle table lamp.

    teak console

    Purchasing any of these items from Puji's furniture range is a guilt-free experience – recycling
    wood rather than chopping down trees helps preserve the environment. There is also a surprising health benefit, as science shows that natural scenes within the home help to reduce stress and boost positive thoughts.

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