I love furniture that functions equally well in my living room and on my patio. So it’s no surprise that I’m enthralled with Jensen Leisure furniture. Not only is their furniture sturdy and finely crafted, it’s beautiful to look at and it’s comfortable!
Furniture from Jensen Leisure is constructed from a fine-grained, buttery-smooth hardwood called Ipé (EE-pay), from the tropical forests of Bolivia.
Here’s a slideshow I created, which includes images from the Jensen Leisure catalog as well as several I snapped with my camera as I strolled around the Rich’s showroom. (My pictures aren’t nearly as pretty as the ones from the catalog, but they will give you an idea of some of the displays in Rich’s showrooms.)
There’s a “green” story behind this incredibly strong, durable wood. Ipé timber comes from the Chiquitania forest reserve in Eastern Bolivia. Because of the nature of tropical dry forest, trees there grow very slowly. Consequently, some of the world’s strongest and most durable woods come from the Chiquitania forest.
From an environmental standpoint, no product is more environmentally conscious than Ipé timber. All wood used in the manufacturing of Jensen Leisure Furniture is Forest Stewardship Council-certified, which means that the FSC can track a piece of furniture all the way back to the original tree it was cut from. A hectare of forest is divided into 25 sections and trees that heave reached 85-99% of their natural lifetime are selectively cut from one section.
Jensen uses the heart wood from Ipé trees (also known as Tajibo in Bolivia) in their furniture; other parts of the tree are used for flooring and plywood.
Ipé is chocolate-brown when new, and the sun transforms it to a silver patina. Because it is so dense, Ipé naturally resists splintering as well as rot, decay, insects, carpenter ants, mold, and even fire. Weather has little to no negative effect on Ipé, making it an ideal choice for Pacific Northwest outdoor rooms
See For Yourself
We’re devoting a huge amount of showroom floor space to Jensen Leisure furnishings this year so you can get ideas for how to pair seating, dining, and chat groups and see how they look with different fabrics.
New this year: The Opal Collection (pictured: Opal Lounge Group at Rich’s), which can include the following pieces (mix-and-match!):
- Love Seat
- Lounge Chair
- Chat table
- Coffee table
- End table
- Oval extension dining table
- 7 ft. Dining table
- 6 ft. bench with armrests
Rich’s for the Home has been selling Jensen Leisure furniture for 20 years and is the exclusive dealer of Jensen Leisure’s Ipé furniture in the Greater Seattle area. Stop by any of Rich’s five Puget Sound showrooms in Lynnwood, Bellevue, Southcenter, Tacoma, or Silverdale and say, “Show me the Ipé!”
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