465-1, ChongDe Rd, Sec 5, Taichung County
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Celebrate Mother's Day with teak furniture at DECO BALI, 30% off all products in May, 2010.
In the realm of wood furniture, it is hard to beat teak when it comes to unadorned beauty. The famed durability and protective oils of this very sturdy hardwood means that it will literally last generations, even if kept outdoors. However, its primary appeal lies in its beautiful texture, patterns and colors.
When it comes to teak in Taichung, Deco Bali not only offers a fresh variety of 100% teak furniture, but also allows its customers to custom-make items to their own specifications and needs. This company was launched somewhat unintentionally by the South African/Taiwanese, husband-and-wife team of Leon and Eve a couple years ago, when they were shopping for their own furniture but found much of the local variety "boring". Instead, they turned to the island of Bali, shipping a container load of furniture back here. What they didn't need was sold via a website, with their own home serving as an unofficial showroom.
This blossomed into what today is a sizable business with a big 150-ping showroom on ChongDe Road, between Taichung and Fongyuan. Here, hundreds of items are showcased in a variety of arrangements designed to inspire customers seeking to outfit their living, dining, bedroom and other home areas. The very attractive sofas, chairs, beds, cabinets, dressers, dining and other tables, shelves, desks and other items are tastefully displayed with smaller Indonesian and Thai decorative items--vases, lamps, table settings, placemats, cushions, candle holders, etc.--also for sale. Besides teak, there is also some rattan and water hyacinth furniture, too. As Leon notes, his furniture designs emphasize simple, smooth, clean and more modern lines that fit into almost any setting, as opposed to the often rougher and more ornately-carved traditional Balinese styles. In fact, Bali Deco's furniture is all made in Jepara on Java island, in Indonesia's main furniture-making area.
According to the couple, what really sets them apart from other furniture dealers is the fact that their pieces are entirely made from teak, as opposed to other "teak" furniture, which often only use a teak veneer and many non-teak elements. At Deco Bali, everything--from furniture backs and bottoms to bed and sofa slats--is made from high-quality Grade A teak, originating from the center of the tree. Despite this quality, prices are also significantly cheaper. For example, among the store's popular dressers, a 10-drawer, 160 x 45 x 80-centimeter dresser is priced at NT$20,500. While many customers buy available items from the showroom, they can also work with Leon and Eve to custom-design a teak item, using a CorelDraw sketch that is given to Javanese makers; delivery usually takes around three months.
Fresh styles, high quality and good prices make the store especially popular with younger 25-to-40 year-olds who are moving into new homes or recently married. Clearly, with a growing number of customers embracing its high-quality products, Deco Bali is living up to its slogan: "My Style, My Choice, My Teak".
Note: Deco Bali is currently offering an "all stock must go" sale through the begining of the year, with 12 to 22 percent discounts offered. Compass readers who visit with this magazine will receive a free Balinese colored pencil set.