Wood has been a key material in interior design over the past year, its versatility and timeless appeal making it the choice of many designers and architects, a London publication reports.
According to the Evening Standard’s Homes & Property section, wood is unsurpassed when it comes to interior cladding and furniture. The recent Wood Awards highlighted the skill and innovation of designers and artists from around the country, who have created all kinds of installations from the natural material.
Among the winners at this year’s event was a folding chair, designed simply and with character, a rustic stool with a futuristic look developed through computer numerical control, wood-turned, urchin-like installations inspired by the importance, shape and colour of water in Somerset’s Forde Abbey Gardens and a wooden L-shaped house in Hampshire with a bespoke wooden staircase, worktops, cladding and handrails.
The unique house, self-built by an architect, was clad in Siberian larch for durability and its straight grain, while European oak was used for the staircase, handrails and many other interior features.
Meanwhile, the London Free Press reports that light woods are becoming more popular in a nod to the interior styles of the 1970s.
The 70s are coming back in a big way but traditional white kitchens are increasingly being offset by the warmth of light wood. Although heavy, wood brings a certain rustic appeal, adding texture without being over the top – especially in muted shades.
Take a look at retro designer Orla Kiely’s kitchen for some 1970s inspiration and ideas of how to work wood into your kitchen in a unique way.