Wood is a noble material, a resource of nature that humans have used since the dawn of our history. Today, we consume about 3.5 billion cubic meters of timber in the world, and, although more than half of this amount is used for fuel, wood not only has kept us warm through the ages, it also has many qualities that make it a unique material for making furniture of all kinds.
We like wood for its strength, durability, beauty and because it is a sustainable and ecological material. In addition, wood has many faces and goes beyond what we know as just rustic. Wood is elegant, modern and functional and always hides a story: its kinks and imperfections make it a living material, which evolves and changes and, like good wine, gathers hearth with the years; so let’s see which favours time has done for our unique and bespoke furniture…
Is there anything more classic than a wooden table in a living room or kitchen? From the rustic style, to the most elegant: we see here a slightly more industrial touch. Here the typical four-legged table of sturdy hardwood adds an element of commerce.
Metal and wood are a perfect marriage that is increasingly fashionable. Two fine materials that coexist in perfect harmony: wood adds elegance to the metal, and this, in turn, becomes a more modern wood.
Although many identify with rustic wood design, the fact is that there are many styles that have made wood the key to all things homely. The Scandinavian style is one of them. An example are these chairs made from solid wood with a lacquered iron frame. A nice touch to a classic and memorable design.
We may be surprised to find a wooden tub, and we associate water as an enemies of it. However, this material is very common in Japanese bathtubs, using wood bearing even before the cast iron was imposed. The wooden tubs are not only aesthetically stunning, but also are more pleasing to the touch and warmer.
It is true that wood designs go beyond the rustic style, but it is also true that wood should be admired its irregularities. This bed looks fresh from the forest, Snow White could be sleeping here after having eaten the poisoned apple. Wood, being a natural element, has these imperfections that make it unique. In this room we can feel the rough touch of the trunk and the traces of the passage of time.
Wood is versatile and always makes a fantastic feature. This side table sits upon a metal structure, painted an electric green, which holds a piece of trunk that seems taken directly from a tree. While the wood is treated, they have tried to keep the original shape of the tree with rough bark and irregular shapes—and to great effect I might add.
Wood is a renewable and raw material, it’s also durable and, over time, increases its beauty. Maybe that's why the wood is one of the materials present in most new decorating trends, based on recycling—upcycling. This coffee table is made from an old wood panel and has become a serious coffee table.
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