French oak wine barrel Cheese Boards / Chopping Blocks / Traditional French Paddle Boards/ Serving Platters/ Heart boards / Baguette Boards/ Swing Ch

By: Laid-back Co  11-11-2011
Keywords: Weathered Oak


The Laid-Back Co are delighted to have been chosen as one of 9 local designers to supply the newly launched ...


"Launching this unique range under the Decorex SA brand is a dream come true. It creates a valuable, very visible platform for local designers and gives South Africans a beautiful range of very desirable pieces."   The Decorex Team 

Kirsty Zoutendyk - Laid-Back Co

'Striving to create original timeless designs of exceptional                         quality'                                         

Jan & Kirsty Zoutendyk and the Laid Back team have been designing, manufacturing, exporting and proudly supplying South African outlets with recycled French and Weathered oak cheese boards, kitchenware and custom designed products for close to 10 years.

Our C'est la Vie designs can be purchased exclusively from the Decorex Designer Collection stand at a Decorex 2012 show or from the Decorex website:


Weathered Oak Egg Stand ...a farmhouse classic holding a dozen eggs and takes one back to a bygone era !

+/- 420 mm x 155 mm x 100 mm

+/- 1 kg

Weathered Oak Tea Tray..a simple classic design.

+/- 500 mm x 300 mm x 120 mm

+/- 3 kg

Weathered Oak ' bon appetit ' Placemat.

+/- 400 mm x 260 mm

' Bon Appetit ' Paddle Board .. a slight variation to our Traditional French Paddle board ..still a classic design but with our exclusive ' bon appetit ' signature and we recommend the un oiled weathered finish..but the choice is yours !

Small:     390mm x 200mm

Medium:  450mm x 200mm

Large:     510mm x 200mm
X Large:  800mm x 200mm

In our ' Joie de Vivre ' range below we have added two new 'mini'  additions :

Mini Paddle Board

...a smaller version of our popular JV Rectangular Paddle Board

+/- 400 mm x 175 mm

Mini Cheese Board

..very simple & ideal as an individual cheese or sandwich board, or even for just cutting a lemon on for your G &T !

+/- 280 mm x 200 mm

Introduced in November 2010

The Laid Back Co is thrilled to introduce our new 'Weathered Oak' range...

' Joie de Vivre '

Our 'Joie de Vivre'  range offers a young contemporary feel but still with the quality and craftsmanship that is synonymous with the Laid-Back Co.Combining beautiful weathered oak, leather and forged wrought iron..we offer a stunning selection of chunky kitchen boards...all adding to the 'joy of life' !!

'Joie de Vivre' Cheese PlatterChunky French recycled oak wine barrel top beautifully crafted and finished off with a leather thong but we leave it unoiled giving it a relaxed weathered oak look !Diameter: +/-  550 -650 mm4-5 kg

'Joie de Vivre' Pizza Paddle Board

Diameter: +/- 400 mm

+/- 2 kg

'Joie de Vivre' Heart Board

+/- 360 mm+/- 1 kg

'Joie de Vivre' Baguette Board

+/- 550 mm x 120 mm+/- 0.5kg

'Joie de Vivre' Rectangular Paddle Board

+/- 650 mm x 230 mm+/- 2 kg

'Joie de Vivre' Cake Stand (discontinued for now !)

Beautifully forged wrought iron legs and weathered oak top.Diameter: 32 mm +/- 2kg



Our platters are carefully hand crafted by recycling the tops of genuine French oak wine barrels.. resulting in these beautiful pieces..each one an original.

Each platter carries the French Tonnellerie's (cooper's) individual signature on them depicting which cooperage in France the barrel originated from.

Ideal as a chopping board permanently displayed on a kitchen counter or farmhouse table and stunning as a serving platter or cheese board.

They make wonderful corporate gifts and we offer a corporate logo branding service.

Diameter: +/- 500-600

+/- 3-4kg

FRENCH 'DU PAIN' BREAD BOARD... a timeless classic                                                                                         
+/- 380 mm x 30mm
+/- 2kg

An exquisitely hand crafted classical oak board..a wonderful option for every day use in a smaller kitchen or on the breakfast table !

As with all our products, you can order this with or with out 'Du Pain' and if you wish, we can arrange corporate branding.


Each Heart has the French wording ' Le Coeur de la Maison'  meaning the ' heart of the home' ..stylishly branded on the front. As with all our branding, this is optional.   

These make stunning pressies for any special occasion..

Wedding, Anniversary, Valentine's Day, Birthday,
House-Warming...Dimensions: +/- 460 x 330 x 35mm +/- 3kg
CLASSICALLY TRADITIONAL FRENCH ' PADDLE ' BOARDS...solid oak, finished off with a genuine raw leather thong.                            


So useful for chopping, serving, displaying and would even make stunning individual dinner plates!

Our Traditional French Paddle boards come in the following different dimensions:

                                  Small: 390mm x 200mm                                  Medium: 450mm x 200mm                                  Large: 510mm x 200mm
X Large: 800mm x 200mm

Please remember..we can brand your corporate logo on any of our products !


Our Baguette Boards have the French wording 'Baguette et Fromage' ( Bread and Cheese ) on the front but can be ordered with or without wording or you can choose to have your own corporate logo or restaurant name branded at the top or the bottom.  

They are finished off with a genuine raw leather thong.

Dimensions: 550 x 140 x 15 mm 

Weight: +/- 1kg


Our heavy oak Chopping Blocks are triple laminated...


Dimensions: +/- 650 mm x 370 mm x 50 mm

+/- 6kg

SPICE GRINDER (discontinued for now !)

The latest addition to our Traditional French range is our spice grinder .. Uniquely made from 100% recycled French Oak wine barrel staves and fitted with a world class, imported ceramic mechanism that beautifully grinds pepper, salt and spices..easily adjustable to suit individual tastes...and comes with a 5 year guarantee ! 

Height : 210 mm


This stunning recycled French Oak wine barrel stave curved serving platter on feet .. is ideal for presenting 'anti pasta' or 'charcuterie'..or even simply as a fruit bowl !


Our swing chairs are made from recycled French oak wine barrel staves.

The curve of the staves and its unusual design makes this chair not only stunning to look at but amazingly comfortable to relax in.

Photo courtesy of the Elle Décor magazine Spring 2008 issue.

So simple to hang on a verandah or under a shady tree ..

For more information about dimensions and delivery please do not hesitate to contact us. See contact page for details.

Cafe Tables & Occasional Tables ( discontinued for now ! )

with stunningly beautiful forged French legs !Diameters: 550 mm -600mmHeights: 900 mm & 550 mm 

Wrought Iron Wine Stand & Bucket  (discontinued for now !)

Ideal for those long lazy Sunday lunches when a few bottles of chilled wine are an absolute must !+/- 900 mm


 When you're full to the brim with wine..why not fill it with flowers ?!

Keywords: Weathered Oak