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The Trend: WOOD

A sign of the times is the re-emergence of an appreciation for the humble simplicity of wood. This organic and versatile material can be used from floor to ceiling in shades of pale to dark.

Wood means comfort

Wood is always associated with comfort, warmth and cosiness. Wood itself is integrated in a number of different segments, from architecture to fashion. Worldwide oak is still the most important wood specie although soft wood such as pine is gaining popularity thanks to the influence of Scandinavian design.

Mid century furniture is primarily made of wood

And we all know how trendy mid-century furniture is! Although in 2014 we've seen a lot of 50s sideboards being repurposed and refurbished to a modern standard, the trend is fading and we're back celebrating wood in its original form. See below this classic 50s sideboard and chair. You can find a similar chair at IKEA, the EKENASET, as seen further below. This is made of solid birch and costs £150.

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Wood works well for the industrial look

Its versatility means that wood will work well in the industrial look, wether on metal bookcases, stools or tables.

Metal and wood stool, photo credit: AnneLiWest/Berlin via {atmine}

Emmerson™ Reclaimed Wood 6-Drawer Chest, photo credit: West Elm

New wooden ranges of furniture have a timeless appeal

And that means not becoming boring after a while. Take for example the new Pinner Collection by Heal's with designs for both the bedroom and the dining room. With dovetail joints on drawers, wood drawer runners and subtly branded Heal's handles, this collection is pure bliss.

From the Pinner Collection by Heal's

1. No1 table light and wooden stand by Tom Raffield 2. Ercol for John Lewis Chiltern 3-Seater Dining Bench, Light Wood available from John Lewis, 3. The Willo coffee table with solid oak sculpted-edged top and steam bent ash legs by PINCH, 4. Cafe Scandi stool by Kari Virtanen 2015 available from NIKARI, 5. Bloomingville White Wooden Display Houses - Set of 3 available through AMARA, 6. Loop Chair by Tom Raffield, 7. Arkitecture MMJ1 stool in oak, by Motomi Morii via NIKARI.

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