History

Tradition and Innovation

Tectona was founded in 1977 with the aim of helping France rediscover outdoor living. The outdoor “furniture” available at the time had not changed for years: unimaginative armchairs and tables in white or green plastic and cumbersome parasols that fell over with the slightest gust of wind.

Initially, Tectona drew inspiration from British models (Exbury) that had proved their worth over decades in private and public gardens and parks. This choice was vindicated by the demand from a clientele avid for a new outdoor lifestyle.

From the outset, Tectona has created models whose design is perfectly adapted to their environment: the garden. They are extremely comfortable, resistant to all weather conditions and to year-wide temperature variations thanks to the use of tried-and-tested materials such as teak, and fabricated using traditional carpentry techniques. Over time, our furniture came to be known as “fine” garden furniture (Circle Bench, the famous circular bench that can be adapted around different trees).

From the outset, Tectona has created models whose design is perfectly adapted to their environment: the garden. They are extremely comfortable, resistant to all weather conditions and to year-wide temperature variations thanks to the use of tried-and-tested materials such as teak, and fabricated using traditional carpentry techniques. Over time, our furniture came to be known as “fine” garden furniture (Circle Bench, the famous circular bench that can be adapted around different trees).

An active principle: Bing client and brand closer

A DISTRIBUTION METHOD: DIRECT SELLING

From the very beginning, Tectona implemented a mail-order system that has become today e-commerce. The lack of an intermediary translates into a more personalized and effective service for the client: customized after-sales service, rapid delivery…

Our customers also appreciate the great strides we have made in developing practical and usable furniture: ingenious table extension systems; furniture that is lighter, foldable, easy-to-move and for both indoor and outdoor use. These qualities are exemplified by our models of woven resin over an aluminium frame, a popular choice for outdoor cafés.

In the more traditional sphere of wooden furniture, all our innovations put emphasis on comfort: the wooden slats are curved (Somerset benches); the backrests recline by lifting up the armrests; the seating is wider; the tables extend easily to welcome more guests....

Our customers also appreciate the great strides we have made in developing practical and usable furniture: ingenious table extension systems; furniture that is lighter, foldable, easy-to-move and for both indoor and outdoor use. These qualities are exemplified by our models of woven resin over an aluminium frame, a popular choice for outdoor cafés.

In the more traditional sphere of wooden furniture, all our innovations put emphasis on comfort: the wooden slats are curved (Somerset benches); the backrests recline by lifting up the armrests; the seating is wider; the tables extend easily to welcome more guests....

Constant quest for innovation and presence of design

The Tectona identity today finds novel expression with the input of designers who have been entrusted with renewing its repertory. These collaborations go back to 1992, with the bench designed by Andrée Putman for the CAPC contemporary art museum of Bordeaux. In 2008, the Bouroullec brothers revisited the concept of the swimming pool lounge. In 2010, Normal Studio gave a new twist to use of everyday furniture with their simple and precise design. The make-over of Tectona's visual identity reflects a desire to keep up with the times, using bright colours, simple and sleek graphics and a timeless logo.

Tectona – An active principle

From the beginning, Tectona sets up a mail order system whose performance has today set an example . The absence of intermediaries between the brand and the customer allows to be closer and effective with the latter : customer relationship followed for over thirty years , tailored customer service , fast delivery are all added values ​​for meet the needs and desires of our customers.

From 2000 Tectona reinforces these special relationships by being a forerunner in e-commerce with its site www.tectona.net.

THE INTERNATIONAL DIMENSION

After France and Switzerland (1992), the first international market chosen by Tectona was southern Europe – Spain and Italy – with the opening of boutiques in Madrid and Milan. Today, the worldwide distribution and our participation in major furniture tradeshows are a testimony to the dynamic and vivacious brand that is Tectona.

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