Going Against the Grain: The Newest Wood Trends
These days I’m loving the evolution from “overtly rustic” wood and metallic finishes to the more sophisticated and subtle side of things. Walnut and steel blend beautifully in this Ralph Lauren Home “Parquet Ancien” Coffee Table. The table is a great example of what you get when you combine the right elements in just the right way. We have been seeing so much of the drastically scraped and distressed wood surfaces for quite some time and home owners hoping to update their spaces are looking for something that represents the future without being too “nichey”. Smoother surfaces with more grain, subtle face-sawn details, domestically grown and harvested white oaks, clean walnuts, and hickory are the “current” wood species. Zinc or chrome detailing is reminiscent of mid century “automotive or aeronautic” chrome details. Tune in to MadMen on the AMC Network and find yourself carried back in time to the interiors and fashions of the late 60’s. Today we are blending elements from the past that can best be described as “vintage futuristic”.