The Wonders of Wood

photo: Commune Design

I remember growing up thinking how hideous our blond wood kitchen cabinets were.  And lo and behold the return of wood is back with a vengeance, and I am fully on board!  From architectural accents to turned wood bowls, this natural beauty is everywhere and has permeated architecture and the design market.

Wood, being an organic material, instantly warms up a room.  It mixes beautifully with other materials and is a wonderful layering tool.  A recent trend emerging is the interest in Biophilic Design- the relationship between humankind and nature, and the importance of living in conjunction with our environment.

PBK Arquitetura, a firm in Rio de Janeiro, shows off their skill at incorporating natural wood accents into their projects.  This Rio apartment is sustainable and warm, blending perfectly with its surroundings.

photo: Denilson Machado
photo: Denilson Machado

Beyond furniture and architecture, wood turning has made a splash in the design world too.  This is the craft of using the wood lathe with hand held tools to create a wide variety of objects from candlesticks to lamps.

James English and Angela Panozzo are two local artists who fabricate an array of wood objects that are a stunning addition to any interior.

photo: Commune Design
photo: Commune Design
photo: Angela Panozzo
photo: Angela Panozzo

Looking for that perfect floor lamp?  These turned wood pieces by Lostine will be the star of any room.

photo: Lostine

Happy wood hunting!

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