Teak and Rosewood
Teak and rosewood tend to be the prevalent choices of hardwood in mid-century Danish furniture, and although very different, we love both equally for their ability to be defining design choices in the home. If you've come into our warehouse and wondered at the difference between the two, we can point out a few differences that may cater towards your design sensibility:
Teak tends to have a lighter and more yellow toned grain, and is extremely durable in outdoor weather conditions. Because of this, it's often used for outdoor construction (patios, lawn furniture) and produces oils that make it considerably termite resistant. It finishes beautifully, and can most definitely endure child activity while giving off a pop of woodgrain tan in your study or living room. We love teak for its lightness of color yet sense of sturdiness.
|Danish Modern Teak Partners Desk with Bookcase|
|Tomado Industrial Teak Wall Mount Shelving Unit|
Rosewood has a beautiful darker red hue than teak, with a more pronounced woodgrain pattern. Historically used to craft fine musical instruments, it's a little more of a rarity - and usually more costly. Its name stems from the aroma of roses that the trees emit when cut. Lovely in a brighter setting to bring out the rich browns in the wood and to add a warm color to cooler-toned spaces. To me, it feels reminiscent of a more woodsy and outdoorsy feeling - like standing in Muir Woods, fun and mystical.
|Mid-Century Modern Rosewood Credenza|
|Modern Rosewood and Chrome Coffee Table|
Both age extremely well, are durable due to their dense grains, and can contribute to building a very specific ambiance to your home. There's a lot of lightness and fun in the teak and more elegant sobriety to the depth of the rosewood brown that complement both warm and cool tones, respectively.