About Mindi wood

About Mindi wood

Many of our products are produced from Mindi wood. Here is a little about it.

Mindi, which is naturally resistant to decay and fungi, is another name for white cedar wood. Dutch travelers and merchants brought it to Indonesia. The natives started growing the wood in plantations and named it “mindi.” The straight-grained lumber is native to and produced in the Solomon Islands, Australia, and tropical Asia with China, India, Japan, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, and Papua New Guinea.

Extremely workable,—thus favored by artisans, cabinetmakers, and woodworkers— the naturally coarse wood sands smoothly, tolerates friction, saws easily, and dries effortlessly with less shrinking and warping than comparable materials. It is ideal in solid form, but also a favorite for veneers.

In Indonesia, craftspeople and workers employ mindi to make boxes, chests, flooring, furniture, as well as other furnishings and accessories. Beyond construction and artistries, mindi is also useful for medicinal purposes.

The white cedar (geringging) tree grows as easily in the forest as the wood works in the shop. The sapwood is a whitish yellow color, whereas the heartwood tends to be reddish brown. It is evergreen in tropical zones, but will shed its leaves for the winter in the right conditions.

Mindi has many names the world over. The geringging tree is commonplace in the United States, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands. Across the globe, it is also known as Chinaberry, bead tree, lelah, faux sycamore, paraiso, syringe berry tree, Indian lilac, Persian lilac, pride of India, Sichuan pagoda tree, violeta, and, of course, white cedar.

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Rattan Furniture in Singapore - Natural or Synthetic?

Rattan Furniture in Singapore - Natural or Synthetic?

NATURAL WICKER

Cane and rattan, a natural plant fiber, is both durable and flexible, which makes it a popular material for indoor and outdoor furniture making since long time back.

Natural untreated wicker is not meant for outdoor use and will deteriorate quickly on a patio or deck as sunlight and moisture from rain and heat take their toll on the canes. Coated or finished wicker furniture lasts longer in outdoor settings, since the wicker reeds are coated against the elements. However, exposure to constant sunlight and rain will eventually wear out and break the furniture apart. Rattan lasts far longer on a sheltered balcony, porch or indoors, with proper care it is known to last for generations

Here is some tips on rattan care in our sunny Singapore weather to prolong the life of your furniture.

- Clean gently: Dust the furniture regularly with a soft cloth. Furniture polish is not necessary, but can be used sparingly. 

- Dry wet rattan furniture well. Soaked and damp furniture should wiped with clean cloth and sun dried in the open. In our humid weather mold and mildew can grow quickly in the damp and dark environment. Take care not to bend the furniture while wet, it will generally return to its original shape. It is however recommended to prevent the furniture from getting wet.

- Treat mildew immediately:  If mildew or mold begins to form, remove it with bleach immediatelly. Make sure the furniture is dried thoroughly.

- Vacuum rattan furniture with the brush attachment: Use the brush attachment on a vacuum cleaner on woven and hard to reach parts of the furniture. A dry brush can also be used.

- Lift rattan furniture when moving it:  Don’t drag furniture, it might cause splitting to the leg. You can also install foot pads to protect the furniture and your flooring.

- Rotate rattan furniture: Natural fibre fades, this is not necessarily a bad thing, it is a natural process.To ensure that it fades evently, rotate the furniture regularly, you might also consider placing the furniture away from direct sun. 

- Heat: Keep furniture away from prolonged exposure from direct sunlight as rattan can warp and turn brittle from overly drying out. Natural plant fibres require a certain level of humidity so as not to dry out and split.

- Oil rattan furniture: Rattan or cane furniture can be treated with wood oil occassionally to prevent drying up.

 

SYNTHETIC WICKER

Synthetic wicker is the most durable kind of wicker, It is made of man-made material. PVC, resin and acrylic wicker give the look of natural outdoor wicker patio furniture with more resistance to the elements, making it a better choice for uncovered outdoor space. There are many kind of material and quality for synthetic rattan. Better resin wicker contains UV coatings to resist color fading. Caring for plastic wicker is also very simple. you can wipe the furniture with soft cloth or simply wash it down with water. While all weather furniture of this material preserves its look for a long time, resin doesn't feel like natural wicker nor does it possess the charming irregular character of natural material.

 

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RGE Sweden

RGE Sweden

 

 

Our partner, RGE's product is available for pre-order, estimated arrival in late October.

RGE is a young dynamic furniture design house focusing on furniture with a modern Scandinavian look and feel. They specialize in TV-Media, occasional furniture but also in all other areas of your home including coffee tables, dining sets, desks, storage, shelves and hallway furniture. All of their products are designed to give maximum value for money using quality materials.

Visit our partner website at www.rge.nu

 

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Starting up

Starting up

Finally we decided to bring our furniture collection to Singapore. We have been furniture distributor in Sweden since 1998, believe me there are other stores other than IKEA there. We are still getting ready, in the meanwhile feel free to browse our uncompleted site, if you find anything you like, email us at info@hemma.sg to preorder or simply to say hi.

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