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Walker Zanger's new tiles made from reclaimed Indonesian teak

April 10, 2012 |  8:44 am

Teak tiles Walker Zanger
Walker Zanger has introduced a collection of teak tiles made from wood reclaimed from construction projects in Indonesia. The collection, called AnTeak, appealed to the company because it “is always looking for tiles with an interesting story,” said Jared Becker, vice president of design and marketing.

The teak grain is visible on the tiles, which come in several stains and shapes, including herringbone, hexagon and chevron. They are meant to fit into an array of design styles, including Asian, old European and Midcentury Modern. Walker Zanger, which already sells tiles made of bamboo, is working to make the teak tiles with a resin finish so they can be used in showers, Becker said.

“The wood is taken from buildings being taken down for new construction. They’re already cured, because they’ve been exposed to the elements for 75 or 100 years,” Becker said. That gives the wood “a wonderful patina.”

The teak is Forest Stewarship Council-certified. The council is a nongovernmental, not-for-profit organization established to promote the responsible management of the world’s forests.

The wood tiles are used like stone or glass tiles, with space for grout. They’re sold on mesh backing for ease of installation.

Ahead for Walker Zanger is combining teak with glass and stone to create new patterns, Becker said.

The prices, he said, are in line with other high-end tiles.

-- Mary MacVean


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