Selamat Designs
Optimistic, sustainable California style, from our family to yours.

Sustainable Materials

 

Environmentally sustainable materials

 

We source our materials with the fragility of our planet in mind, and believe that style and eco-friendly manufacturing practices should never be mutually exclusive. Natural materials can be used in a variety of settings, whether adding a light element to your transitional living space, or outdoors where the material can weather and patina over time. We’ve highlighted some of our favorite materials below, which are featured throughout every category and collection.

 
 
 
Rattan Ara bed, designed by Justina Blakeney

Rattan Ara bed, designed by Justina Blakeney

RATTAN is a fast-growing tropical vine native to the rainforests of Indonesia, where Selamat manufactures the majority of its collections. Because rattan grows up and around trees to provide support for high canopy life, its symbiotic relationship has been linked to the preservation of the Indonesian rainforest. As an indoor/outdoor material, rattan is light, bendable and durable, requiring little maintenance.

Rattan is often confused with bamboo and wicker; however, these terms describe distinct materials and constructions. Bamboo is a hollow, stiff tree that cannot be bent, whereas rattan is a solid and flexible vine.  Wicker is not a material at all—instead, it describes the weaving process of any number of natural materials, including rattan, cane and raffia. 

Rattan has been used as a sustainable outdoor furniture material for centuries, and will maintain its natural color and strength for numerous seasons. Please note that although many Selamat collections have rattan frames, only seat decks with flow-through foam are recommended for fully outdoor applications.

 
 
 
Teak Ingrid arm chair

Teak Ingrid arm chair

TEAK is the most durable and strong of all hardwoods, making it an ideal indoor or outdoor-suitable material. Because of its natural oils, teak is resistant to rotting, warping, shrinkage and swelling, as well as pests.  As teak weathers over time, the wood patinas from honey brown to a rich silver-grey tone.  Selamat sources all of its teak from sustainably managed plantations regulated by the Indonesian government, and recommends this material for anyone seeking low-maintenance, high-quality indoor/outdoor furniture.

 
 
 
Jute Highball mirror

Jute Highball mirror

JUTE is a 100% biodegradable, rapidly renewable plant fiber that is used worldwide, second only to cotton. Jute plants can grow in just 4-6 months without fertilizers or pesticides, and rely solely on natural rainfall rather than extensive irrigation systems. Jute crops absorb carbon dioxide and release oxygen at a rate several times higher than trees, and each crop enriches the fertility of the soil for future harvests. Selamat’s application of jute on accent furniture, lighting and mirrors brings a natural touch to décor, and is recommended for indoor use or outdoor on a covered porch away from moisture.