New trends are constantly emerging in the design world, and we spend a lot of time (and have a lot of fun) keeping current. Just like everybody else, we read the trade magazines and follow design stars on social media. We also attend all kinds of industry events. Our annual trip to High Point Market is a great opportunity to preview what’s coming next to living rooms near you. It is always fun and inspiring to see new product lines. Very often we find that what’s “new” is actually not — but rather a re-birth of elements from design trends of the past. A great example of that — and one we touched on in a recent piece for Arlington Magazine — is wood grains. More and more showrooms and magazine spreads are showing pieces with very prominent grains. Natural wood finishes have been around as long as there has been wood furniture, but at different points in history we’ve gone out of our way to cover them up. The current craze for fascinating finishes and more warm, organic and tactile looks, has brought wood grains out from under cover. Featuring natural graining or highly stylized treatments of different wood species, furniture makers are producing some truly extraordinary pieces that make this trend worth considering. Here’s a look at some good wood:
Zebra Wood: There are several species of wood with naturally striped graining that make for an eye-catching piece of furniture.
Burled: A burl in wood is a malformation in tree roots or trunks, usually caused by some sort of stress to the tree. A bad day for the tree yields some pretty unique and beautiful — and also exceptionally strong — wood.
Cerused: A fancy name for limed wood — a chemical technique to highlight the contrast in the grain.
Inlay: Veneers (or other materials like metal, shell, etc) are inlaid into wood finishes to create patterns.
Other Great Grains: