So much of our lives today are spent in a digital, virtual world surrounded by technology.
As a countertrend to the pervasiveness of technology in our lives, we’re gravitating more and more to design, fashions and experiences that put us in touch with the natural and organic.
Thus, the growing popularity of farm-to-table foods, gardening, hand-crafted items, outdoor weddings and reclaimed wood looks.
As part of the appreciation of all things organic, “live-edge” furnishings and wood décor have emerged.
Hooker Furniture is embracing this trend with the introduction at the Spring High Point Market of an assortment of live-edge tables. “Today’s shopper is seeking out home furnishings that put them more in touch with nature since so much of their lives are spent in a digital world,” said Pat Watson, vice president of merchandising at Hooker Furniture.
The company is introducing a dining table, console table and coffee table crafted of solid wood and featuring rustic, live-edge construction. This means that the edge of the wood furniture looks like the cross-section of the trunk of a tree in nature, showing the natural pattern of the tree and all the imperfections and knots.
“Live edge is actually a more environmentally responsible way to cut the wood,” Watson added.
Another rustic touch: The metal joints where the wood on the live edge dining table connects to the metal base retains the weld marks for a handmade look.
Another way furniture designers are embracing natural looks is with the use of organic wood species like Acacia, an exotic and beautiful wood known for its rustic charm, tactile hand, knots and color variations in serene organic hues of gray, rose and natural.
One of the most popular collections at Hooker Furniture, the Corsica Collection, is crafted in Acacia wood. The collection is defined by a wire-brushed, artisan finish with a reclaimed character. Both the natural and dark espresso finishes are on the exotic Acacia wood.
At the Spring High Point Market, Hooker is introducing a petite martini table in the new St. Armand Collection crafted of Acacia wood with a metal base.
What do you think of embracing nature through furniture such as live edge tables or furniture made of rustic, organic woods?
Is this something you would like to have in your home? Let us know in the comments.