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icff 2009: i heart wood

by Grace Bonney

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this year’s icff showcased some really beautiful woodworking- something i find myself increasingly interested in. some of my favorites in this theme were shimna, scott braun and larimore. each designer approached the material differently, but with an equally beautiful result.

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first up is shimna, and designer aaron huston’s beautiful furniture. i loved the way aaron inserted a walnut into this coffee table- it was such a playful detail and gave the table a little something extra that took it beyond being just a lovely coffee table. i also loved shimna‘s bed, which featured built-in storage and these adorable pop-out boxes to store small things like rings and glasses (just a gentle push and they slide open). i love the chunky wooden legs on shimna’s furniture- they’re a nice contrast to the thin, slightly-mid century legs that are still showing up on a lot of furniture at the show. and the record bench? gorgeous. i think that’s something even ac could get behind.

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next up is designer scott braun of brooklyn. scott designed this beautiful outdoor chair using reclaimed railroad ties. i loved the texture of each piece of wood. it was so sturdy and so handsome.

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designer jack larimore showed a beautiful collection of furniture made from re-used timber and other salvaged materials found near larimore’s studio in pennsylvania. i loved how raw everything looked- but still clean and modern enough to use indoors.

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