mini trends

rough wood

by Grace Bonney


one of the wonderful by-products of the trend towards green design has been a resurgence of wood in the market. it came first in the form clean, smooth designs (and veneers of all types) that mimicked the modern look of materials like steel or resin. but as the green movement has become more of a permanent category we’ve seen the industry open up to include rough, chunky cuts of wood that let the natural beauty of the material shine. whether it’s with burl bowls, rough carved wooden vases or reclaimed railroad ties, the design industry seems to be embracing beautiful wooden objects that have been left relatively natural. here are some ideas to bring the look into your home. [above: guava wood coasters $28, artisan wood vase $18-$38, burl wood bowls $31-$68]


[clockwise from left to right: palm wood napkin rings $6 for 12, honeycomb canister $38, wooden puzzle $42, root bowl $160]


[above, clockwise from left to right: wood wheel $169, cedar post box $25, salvaged wood nesting tables $269, tamarind platter $65]


[couldn’t resist these: tiny wood skull beads $3.25]


[above, clockwise from left to right: reclaimed railroad tie plinths $59, reclaimed teak swivel box $49, amboyna burl vessel $425, acacia platter set $39]

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  • love this
    anyone have an idea of someone who can make me a table from a tree I had cut down???

  • I love this blog, I love design, it is just a hobby for me, but this blog was really good to read and watch!! Thank you! Congrats!

  • Love your blog.
    Any idea where i can find one of those red coral tree sculpture ?

  • i love wood. i think it keeps a place from looking too sterile, too new. it brings the outdoors in… as designers say….

  • Totally love this trend. We just had a trend meeting here at my office and it was so fantastic. This whole natural/enviro/raw phase is here to stay. The wooden bowls can be found at Home Goods for a bargain. Bought one for my sister for about $16.00 if anyone is looking. Ciao!

  • I love the Guava wooden Coasters! Who makes them and where can I find high-res images of them.

    Thank you for your help!

    Paige Dell’Armi
    Production Artist

  • anonymous-depends on how long ago you cut down the tree. the wood needs to be milled and air/kiln dried before it can be made into anything. and the drying process is not a quick one (we’re talking months to years). i’m sure there are loads of woodworkers in your area, it just takes a bit of looking. good luck.

  • I’m looking for a teak root or burl dining table base that can accomodate a 60″ round glass top. Does anyone have any ideas as to where I can find one?

  • I saw a great idea for a table…..they gathered about 80 logs-in a bundle (shape). tied together with rope….the top view …….growth rings……side view bark. does that make sense??? basically a bundle of logs. nice conversation item.

  • morning! what great pieces. i was wondering if any knew how to clean up a tree stump i would like to use in my home. its a nice size and would work well as a side table or coffee table base.

    please let me know your thoughts!