Wood furnishings and finishes aren't new to the world of interior design, and product designers continue to integrate them in contemporary applications. These wood pieces—among them, interior paneling, furniture, and a wall clock—update the look of conventional interior products.
Amicable Split, Blu Dot
The angled legs and seat of this solid-wood bench from Minneapolis-based studio Blu Dot create a molded nook for posterior comfort. The Amicable Split Bench, which launched at this year’s International Contemporary Furniture Fair in New York, can be used to flank interior dining tables or as a standalone design piece in open spaces, such as lobbies. Offered in walnut (shown), smoke, and white oak, it measures 60” long, 17.1” deep, and 17.5” tall at its highest point.
Good Neighbor Paneling, Viridian Reclaimed Wood
Portland, Ore.–based Viridian Reclaimed Wood borrowed the line “good fences make good neighbors” from poet Robert Frost to name its collection of cedar and redwood paneling reclaimed from old fencing. The weathered Good Neighbor planks are designed to live a second life as interior paneling in residential and commercial projects, and feature a mix of red, charcoal, gray, brown, and moss-green hues. The planks measure ½” thick, 5” wide, and are offered in lengths from 12” to 70”.
This marsupial-inspired timepiece by Beirut-based designer David Raffoul for Italian brand Fabrica features a protruding wood pouch in which users can deposit keys, notes, spare change, and other small objects. Kangaroo is available in solid wood or lacquered in yellow, white, black, and violet hues. It measures 16.14” in diameter and 3.93” deep.
Cumberland, Thos. Moser
This Danish Modern–inspired series from Auburn, Maine–based furniture maker Thos. Moser pairs minimalist forms with details like exposed finger joinery, contrasting grains, and leather pulls. The Cumberland collection, created by the company’s design director, Adam Rogers, includes a dining chair, a dining table, a sideboard (shown), and a stool. The sideboard’s four-drawer body is designed to rest at the height of a typical dining table, setting the piece as a focal point in a space. The unit measures 39” tall, 59” wide, and 18” deep.
While ceramic that has been molded and printed to emulate wood makes some designers cringe, others embrace the material for use in high-traffic spaces. Spotted at the international ceramic tradeshow Cersaie in Bologna, Italy, last month, Italian studio 41zero42’s Yaki ceramic planks mimic the look and feel of charred wood derived from the Japanese technique of carbonization. The surface is high-definition printed in eight neutral colors and natural and glossy finishes. The planks come in dimensions of 6” by 48” and 6” by 12”.