ISSUE 37  |  Urban Life

Ethnicraft: Furniture for Life from Lekker Home

September 16, 2015 5:00 PM

BY Remodelista Team

Boston-based home furnishings store Lekker Home has long been a Remodelista source for some of our favorites brands, including Urbancase, 8Knots, and MUD Australia. It’s also the primary US source for a furniture line we’ve long loved–Ethnicraft, out of Belgium (Remodelista contributing editor Francesca Connolly has an Ethnicraft sideboard in her summer home on Cape Cod, and we’ve cited Ethnicraft in our furniture hits lists time and again; click to shop Ethnicraft on Remodelista).

Why the infatuation? Handmade of eco-friendly woods in simple designs that will stand the test of time, Ethnicraft furniture is as durable as it is beautiful–and comes at a reasonable price.

Ethnicraft furniture is made in Indonesia, Vietnam, and Serbia with woods responsibly sourced from Java, France, Serbia, and the US. The company cites a “moral obligation” to carefully consider the impacts of its operations, from the origin of materials to factory waste. And all wood waste, from sawdust to woodcuts, is reused for nonfurniture functions.

To purchase, follow the product links below or explore Ethnicraft at Lekker Home.

Above: A brand-new design, Ethnicraft’s Teak Skelet Rack comes in two sizes: the five-shelf version shown here and a shorter three-shelf version. Both are made of FSC-certified 100 percent recycled wood, reclaimed from neglected Javanese buildings without cultural significance. The rack is perfect in an entryway, as a bookcase, or for kitchen storage, and is also available in oak; $900 for the three-shelf version and $1,600 for the five-shelf version shown here.

Above: Ethnicraft’s Teak Stretch Table redefines the expandable table–jerky mechanisms and pinched fingers begone. A one-handed pull reveals extra leaves, and a smooth-glide butterfly mechanism flips them out into place. The table is made of cross-laminated solid teak wood for maximum durability; unlike lesser laminates, any scratches the table might earn during its lifetime can be gently sanded out. The Stretch Table is available in three sizes, starting at $2,600 for the 55-inch (when closed) rectangular table.

Above: The shelves of the Teak M Rack Small are made of visually slim yet durable three-quarter-inch solid teak, maximizing space for books and other objects while minimizing bulk. The bookcase can rest on both its long and short sides for maximum flexibility, and is also available in solid oak; $1,600.

Above: The Oak Shadow Cupboard is made of solid oak brushed with white oil for a slightly pale, matte finish–accentuating the natural grains of the wood. Both sets of doors open to shelves that can be adjusted or removed, and are engineered to hold the heaviest of items–including weighty ceramic dinnerware; $3,300.

Above: The solid-wood Oak Nordic Console is made by hand in Serbia of sustainably harvested Serbian oak. (Ethnicraft’s oak comes from partner plantations in France and Serbia.) Featuring box joint details, two deep, soft-close drawers, and a large open hull, the piece is the epitome of Ethnicraft’s functional, clean lines; starting at $1,200.

Above: The apron-less design of Ethnicraft’s Oak Apron Table gives the sturdy table an airy appearance–the top seems to float in space. Available in five rectangular sizes ranging from 63 to 94 inches long, the simple, farmhouse-style piece ranges in price from $1,700 to $2,600. The coordinating Oak Straight Bench starts at $700.

Above: Ethnicraft’s Walnut line is the newest addition to its collection of solid woods, and the Walnut Nordic Rack is one of our favorites. It comes in two sizes with four or six sliding doors for adjustable, concealed storage, and it’s made of solid American black walnut–sourced from the US and Europe–finished with natural oil. Prices start at $2,800 for the six-door rack shown here.

Above: The wide open space beneath Ethnicraft’s Walnut U Desk suits minimalists as well as those in need of extra space. The desk comes in three sizes, starting at $2,100 for the 55-inch desk, and is also available in oak.

Above: The Walnut Slice Expandable Table has a distinctive angled “slice” around the perimeter–a modern detail softened by the warmth of its highest-quality wood. The smooth-gliding expansion mechanism is hidden inside the table (you’d never know by looking at it that the table expands). Also available in oak, teak, and non-expanding versions in oak and teak; starting at $2,900.

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