The understated luxury of hand-crafted wood furniture does more than serve a basic function. It makes a statement, tells a story, and adds to the beauty and charm that makes a home uniquely "you." Check out the following selection of artisans and small companies that are keeping the woodworking tradition alive by using sustainable practices and innovative techniques. A cool FYI: Many of the artisans and companies featured here are happy to craft custom pieces as well.
The Tokyo based architect and designer Junya Ishigami created these playful wire chairs for the Italian manufacturer Living Divani. He says “Chairs that live in harmony, like a family. Whilst they are all similar, each chair has a slightly different shape, and its own personality."
There is nothing stodgy and old-fashioned about these traditional and antique dining room chairs. Bright, bold and downright funky, these reupholstered vintage chairs bring instant funkiness and spark to the dining room.
Some furniture combinations can be pure magic. One such combination is a farmhouse dining room table paired with modern chairs. Whether made of shiny plastic, ultra-urban white leather or industrial metal, modern and contemporary chairs are a stylish and practical complement to rustic wood tables. Farmhouse tables are easy to maintain and clean lined, as are most modern chairs. Perfect for anyone who wants to dine without worry.
These are not your grandma's rocking chairs. Rocking chairs can still be pretty cool and I found a handful that I would love to incorporate into a contemporary space. The modern rocking chairs are not just for the living room, they can also be used in a nursery (in place of the traditional upholstered rocker), bedroom, or dining room.
When Ashley's aunt brought her this old rocking chair, which she had rescued from a dumpster, it was an ugly sight to behold. Still, Ashley was confident she could give it new life and, $10 later, she did just that…
Everyday on my way home I pass my neighborhood Goodwill and everyday the sidewalk outside the store is filled with the same outdated, slightly beat-up furniture. The practical side of me knows that there are some perfectly good pieces worth reusing, but my modernist side can’t get over the more traditional aesthetic. It's a conundrum that many of us face and that’s why I’m intrigued by this roundup of traditional designs reinvented with bold colors.
Last week we mentioned a quick tip for staining furniture with coffee, but what happens to all those grounds that get discarded? Yes, you can compost them, but what else? The chairs above are, believe it or not, made from coffee grounds!