There is a movement back toward craftsmanship and artisan-made industrial pieces that can blend seamlessly into various styles of décor.
Whether your interior is modern or traditional, one way to glam it up is to infuse a natural element such as wood.
For decades, wood was the standard for quality and craftsmanship. For example, most furniture pieces in the 1950s and ’60s were made of solid hardwood construction, as opposed to veneers. Then, as we moved into the ’70s and ’80s, we began to see furniture made of materials such as Lucite, plastic laminate, lacquer and glass.
Fast forward to today, and there is a movement back toward craftsmanship and artisan-made industrial pieces that can blend seamlessly into various styles of décor.
Reclaimed wood is very popular, and is a favorite of designers. Salvaged wood, when refinished by a woodworker or craftsman, often reveals interesting nuances that can be attractive for a finished piece of furniture. The cost, however, may not be in your budget, as the craftsman may account for the work needed to clean and prep the wood in his or her pricing structure.
While a dining table, dresser or sideboard may be the first items that comes to mind for an ideal wood piece, these days you can think outside of that box. Chairs, sofas and other home décor elements, such as mirrors and sculptural items, are now common in decorative boutiques and retail stores.
The search for fantastic furniture often involves unlikely sources. Instead of going to large retail stores, think local. In most cases, these pieces will not only involve exceptional craftsmanship, but will also likely be one of a kind or part of limited editions.
There are also local or regional juried craft shows that can be a source for fabulous finds. Juried shows are those in which an artisan or craftsman must be approved by a formal jury in order to be able to showcase his or her wares at a booth.
Another source can be flea markets — you never know what you may stumble upon.