x Abu Dhabi, UAE Friday 21 July 2017

Wish List: Boat Wood recommissions old ships for a new life

These rich and weather-beaten furnishings are made from timber taken from old shipping vessels.

Boat Wood bench, Dh4,790 at Indigo Living. Courtesy Indigo Living
Boat Wood bench, Dh4,790 at Indigo Living. Courtesy Indigo Living

Boat Wood is an environmentally friendly collection of furniture made entirely out of recycled ship wood. Solid slabs of timber taken from old fishing boats in South China have been reshaped into a collection of tables, benches, chairs and bookcases. The wood is dark, rich and weather-beaten, and no two pieces are exactly the same. Each is dotted with imperfections that speak of its age and add to its charm. The collection is simple and sturdy, with robust lines that are befitting of its humble beginnings.

Adding to the overall sense of history, each piece of furniture can be traced back to the boat that it was made from. A plaque declaring the year in which the boat was registered and where it sailed in its former life is attached to each product. If transparency and traceability are the cornerstones of sustainable design, then the Boat Wood collection is as green as they come.

Boat Wood chair, Dh2,990; Boat Wood bench, Dh4,790. Indigo Living can be found in Home Design, Mall of the Emirates, 04 428 1350, and on The Walk at Jumeirah Beach Residences, 04 428 1350.