Jeko by Paola Navone for Gervasoni. A sofa made from reclaimed materials, bringing with it the flavors of Indonesia

The fascination of reclaimed materials conveying memories and traditions is expressed in the Jeko sofa, designed by Paola Navone for Gervasoni. Like the other products of the namesake collection, it has a structure made of ECOTeak, which comes from reclaimed teak beams and other elements recovered from the demolition, authorized by the local authorities, of traditional wooden houses on the island of Java, Indonesia. The timber recovered is cut to size, repaired with recycled wood, assembled and sanded to highlight the original veining. The final finish involves hand polishing with hemp cloths and wood shavings.

The seat cushion and the back, with fully removable covers, are padded with polyurethane. Perfect waterproofing of the padding is ensured by coating it with polyester linings, treated with specific waterproof and water-repellent products. Jeko measures 128x128hx80/42 cm. The soft lines, completed by fluffy and enveloping cushions, give the outdoor furniture the atmosphere of faraway places filled with magic. It will create corners of relaxation suspended in time

At a glance

What is it?
Jeko is a sofa of exotic charm devoted to the pleasure of relaxing outdoors.
What is the design concept?
Jeko grew out of the idea of imagining the outdoor space with the same qualities of comfort typical of the interior of the home.
How is it made?
The structure is in ECOTeak, wood by its nature resistant to water and moisture, recovered from the demolition – authorized by the local authorities – of the wooden houses on the island of Java, not subject to conservation orders. The padded parts in polyurethane, with removable covers, have polyester linings (treated with specific waterproof and water-repellent products) with special heat-taped seams.
How is it produced and where?
The collection is produced in Java, Indonesia, by local craftsmen using traditional methods. The reclaimed teak is freed from old iron nails, cut and repaired where necessary, leaving the inserts exposed as part of the history of the product. The pieces are assembled with mortise and tenon joints fixed with wooden dowels. After sanding, the structure is hand-polished with hemp cloths and wood shavings.
How is it made?
In Indonesia the craftsmen work the wood with respect for traditions whose roots are distant in time. Each element of the collection is a unique piece, in turn made from a single unique piece that might have been a roof beam or the lintel of a door. The veining in the aged wood and the repairs left exposed by the craftsmen possess a very special expressiveness that belongs only to natural materials and handmade objects.
What makes it special?
Jeko’s charm is related to the beauty of seemingly worthless objects that unexpectedly acquire new forms and meanings, taking a part of their history around the world. The wood from traditional Javanese houses, now abandoned, has been given a new chance to live, the opportunity to become something different, creative and respectful of resources.
What is it like?
Sustainable, original, welcoming.