Wood is one of those materials that is always a staple in the home. Whether on the walls, floors or delicately placed in decoration, there is almost no such thing as a home that doesn't have some element of timber or wood within its walls. For centuries, humans have had a relationship with wooden products. We can go as far back as prehistoric eras and cite that to create the essential element of fire, man needed wood to achieve this feat. Noting its malleable quality, as well as durability and strength, we have sought shelter underneath wooden structures, performed ritualistic sacrifices with wooden bowls and ornaments, and of course, fed and nourished ourselves with wooden cutlery.
Since the dawn of machines, during the industrial era we saw steel and plastics being produced more, and less and less we relied on timber in our everyday lives. Instead, it took on a new form, moving away from function, and serving a far more aesthetic purpose than its original intended use. Nowadays, bespoke pieces of wooden furniture are our pride and joy, the hero of our spaces, and have become timeless elements that have transcended different eras and fashion trends. Therefore, today on homify, we are going to take a look at some stunning examples of wooden furniture from none other than our homify UK experts. Take a look…
Design aficionados and modernism fans will instantly know where the name of the
Dessau Dining Table by Liam Treanor comes from. For those that don't know, Dessau is the small German town home to the Bauhaus school of design, where the term modernism was coined and religiously taught. It is also the place where the world-famous term
form ever follows function was conceived. The principles of modernism are quite simple, the purpose of the piece cannot be mistaken, with the aesthetics coming into play after the functionality has been solved. However, this stunning example of a sleek modern dining table, employs wonderful craftsmanship, exemplifies the use of raw materials and is sure to be the hero and statement piece of any dining room or open plan kitchen and living area. Pictured with the
Schuster dining stool, this range is available in Ash or Oak. Everyday, this set will wow you and remind you that something so simple, can also be so utterly beautiful. And of course, wooden furniture is the best at that!
Again, paying homage to mid-century modern design is the
Stilt wardrobe by Barnaby & Day. A custom-made affair, this piece can be made to fit a range of bedroom spaces, as well as ordered in a wide selection of different timber finishes. You can see where the name has been derived from; the cleverly elevated base, gives not only an additional design feature, but uniquely raises the cupboard off the ground, meaning your clothes will stay fresher as it is far easier to clean. This is a great piece for those who are looking for something timeless and ever-lasting, as its simple, yet delicate design, will fit into almost any existing décor and with any other design style. For young families, this is a great option to ensure you can choose a top quality piece that will be around for decades. And, just as your family grows, the inside of the wardrobe can be altered to reflect these changes.
A tall boy is an essential element in any bedroom and living space. Apart from the obvious function it serves, creating additional storage space for clothes, magazines and other loose odds and ends, when fashioned in a beautiful wooden material finish, it comes to life, and speaks in volumes for itself. Raft Furniture, the masterminds behind this piece, saw a gap in the market for good quality and affordable pieces of wooden furniture. The designers noticed that the market had diverged, and was split in half by cheap mass production items, and expensive bespoke pieces. By answering this problem, ecologically sound furniture was created from 100% reclaimed teak, in a range of modern, classic and contemporary styles to suit every budget and taste. Being handmade in England, by buying this piece you are supporting not only the environment, but your local economy too.
Wood doesn't necessarily mean it needs to be part of a solid piece of furniture, in fact, you will see in the next two images how inventive our homify experts are when it comes to using wood in other styles of interior decoration. Pictured, is the
Leuchtturm light by Thomas Wilson Furniture. Blurring the lines between sculpture and light source, this stunning piece is sure to have both owner and guests fawning over its minimalist shape. Just imagine, once darkness has fallen, the magical shapes and shadows that this piece will cast into a room. Created from European Oak, this light is timeless and elegant and will surely become a prized family heirloom.
Photography credits: Isobel Moore
To finish, what is more of a decorative element rather than a piece of furniture, is this Vertical Garden by Living Interiors. Hand crafted from recycled teak, with a padded felt back, you can grow a wide variety of plants from within the waterproof pouch. This detail ensures that no water will leak out onto the floor, so you can have lush, green plants inside your kitchen, living room or bedroom all year round! As you can see from this image, a vertical garden suits a wide range of interior decorating styles. From classic to modern, nature can so easily be brought indoors. Not only does it look exceptional, but having plants indoors is documented to be healthier for the occupant too. Given that the winter months are coming, not only will it keep our sanity levels at bay, but it will also help to cleanse the recycled air when the heaters and air-conditioners are at full blast.
We hope you have enjoyed this wonderful range of wooden furniture, and will hopefully implement one or more of these designs into your home. To see more stunning examples of British design, click here.