Cabinets, chairs and wall panelling made from Indian hardwood peaked in popularity during the 1950s, with quality teak furniture by the brands Ercol and G Plan being particularly prevalent in both residential settings and office fitouts at the time.

The smooth honey-coloured carpentry imbued with mid-century design specifications has made somewhat of a renaissance over recent years and is a trend that the hospitality industry and its specifiers haven’t overlooked.

This week’s Five on Friday lineup sees restaurants boasting floor-to-ceiling wooden cladding and bedrooms decked out with sleek Scandinavian seating, all in that distinctive teak tone.

Here are five projects that have us truly weak at the knees with their use of teak…

01 | Ember Locke Kensington, UK.

                                                                                          by Leach Rhodes Walker Architects, House of dre and Atelier Ochre.

02 | Eaton Hotel Hong Kong, China SAR.

                                                                                                                                            by AvroKO – Bangkok.

03 | Shiroiya Hotel, Japan.

                                                            by Sou Fujimoto Architects – Tokyo, architetto Michele De Lucchi, Jasper Morrison Ltd and Leandro Erlich Studio.

04 | Madame Reve, France.

                                                                           by Dominique Perrault Architecure, CALQ Agence d’Architecture, and Groupe Laurent Taïeb.


05 | The Luma Hotel, Malaysia.

                                                                                                                      by Seshan Design and Arkitek Daniel Koh.