The Attraction of Bare Wood FurnitureWritten by faith
More organic pieces are being used with formal pieces. Designers combine a local artisan’s tree stumps and use as end tables or stools, with nailhead-studded chairs.
Here’s the question to ask yourself? When it comes to furniture, are you a conformist? Then have fun at Ethan Allen. But if you want wood furniture that’s a little more unique, look for artful pieces made from reclaimed (read: recycled) wood.
· Preserving endangered trees. 50% of the world’s forests are gone. Reclaimed wood furniture avoids using virgin wood from threatened tree species such as mahogany.
· Less energy use. Most wood is shipped from thousands of miles away (example: some teak comes from 8,000 mi away in Philippines). Search for U.S. designers who typically source their wood locally.
· Good news for nonconformists. Reclaimed wood pieces are one-of-a-kind, so you won’t see copycats anywhere.