Intellectual Property Statement
Funky Chunky Furniture Ltd is proud to be a member and support the aims and objectives of the trade organisation ACID (Anti Copying in Design). All Funky Chunky Furniture Ltd designs are supported by ACID through its Copyright & Design Databank and ACID Marketplace.
All copyright, design rights and intellectual property rights existing in our designs and products and in the images, texts and designs of our website and all marketing materials are and will remain the property of Funky Chunky Furniture Ltd. We will treat any infringement of these rights seriously.
All our handcrafted furniture and shelves are designed in our studio and brought to life in our workshop. Our furniture designer and workshop team work hard to create unique and beautiful furniture for our customers. We do not copy other people's designs and expect the same courtesy with our own work.
It's really sad that we have to highlight this, but it does happen and unscrupulous businesses do use, and will continue to try to use, our designs, copying our furniture and selling it as their own designs and work!
While they say that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, we just don't see it like that when our furniture designs, our intellectual property, are copied and used by other businesses.
So, if you see a piece of furniture which looks like one of our own designs being sold elsewhere please do let us know and help us stop design theft in the furniture industry.
All our images, as featured on our website, social media accounts and wider marketing and advertising activity, are the property of Funky Chunky Furniture Ltd.
If you wish to use our images, we strongly recommend you get in contact with us first to secure permissions. If permissions are not sought, or given, we will pursue any unauthorised use with infringement cases in each and every incidence.
Images are protected by Pixsy, which provides us with protection against unauthorised use of our images online.
Pixsy uses a powerful suite of tools and services to scan and find our images online. Its team of copyright experts and international legal partners handles infringement cases on our behalf.
Why We Use Air Dried Oak
We love working with wood and all its natural, organic properties. We’ve chosen air-dried oak for our mantels and shelves because it allows the timber to behave as naturally as it possibly can, giving you a beautiful, original piece for your home.
The air-drying process is as close to the natural environment as you can get. It means that the oak has been allowed to dry naturally and over time.
The process has not been sped up by the wood being place in a kiln. Instead, after the oak has been cut, it's been stored and allowed to follow a completely natural process of drying out.
Authentic, One Of A Kind Oak
Our oak timbers are a natural product. Each piece is different, and our craftsmen work with these natural shapes to create beautiful pieces for you. Often the timbers have waney edges, or "notches" in them. We don't work against the natural timber, and remove these shapes. We work with the wood, retaining all its natural characteristics. So each piece is unique, one of a kind.
These oak timbers take on a very authentic appearance as they age and settle into their new environments.
Wood that's allowed to air dry continues with this drying process for some period of time. That's why, when you receive an oak mantel or shelf from us, you can expect it to continue with this natural drying process for some time to come, particularly as it adjusts to its new environment in your home.
Most of the movement and changes will occur within the first three months. During this time you can expect to watch and enjoy the natural process as the timber gradually transforms. Cracks and splits will start to appear, the timber may twist and bow slightly.
We love to watch the organic process of the oak transforming, and aging. Because, let's face it, it's natural, and it’s happening to all of us too!
Your Oak Mantel Or Shelf
How much movement you experience within your own oak shelf or mantel really is unique to both the timber and your home. Every homeis different, depending on the moisture content of the air, the level of central heating, or how close the timber is to a wood burner, or other heat source.
Direct heat can cause the movement to be quite considerably more exaggerated, but these shelves and mantels are suitable to be placed above a heat source. We recommend a minimum of 50cm clearance, and introducing the oak to the heat very gradually over time.