Summer Designs from Bleu Nature

Summer Designs from Bleu Nature

Laure Joliet
Jul 17, 2008

Here's Kristen serving up some French Style. Tell us what you think!

French company Bleu Nature combs beaches every year for pieces of driftwood to use in the production of their furniture, lighting, and accessories. In addition to driftwood, which they say needs no further processing after they collect it because the water has frozen it in time forever, they also use petrified wood, skins, pebbles, leather,lacquered wood, and lacquered metal. Since nature has fashioned each piece of driftwood over time, they explain, every item produced is unique in both form and fashion.

In the United States, Bleu Nature pieces are, sadly, only available at stores in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, and Florida. If you're like us and are nowhere near any of the stores, you can ooh and ahh at their summer designs by going to their website.

And here's an idea if you see something you've gotta have, suggested by AT user DesignHole when a lamp from Bleu Nature was highlighted here last October: "If you want to buy something that's only 'to the trade' why not call a designer (like me!) and ask them to get you a price? Usually, if all they have to do is order it, they'll give you a deal on the price. So you both win. Couldn't hurt to try."

Clockwise, from top left: Lustre ´Pifuk´: Lacquered metal base and driftwood, cotton lampshade; Tablette ´Qijuk´: Tablette ´Qijuk´: Lacquered metal and driftwood; tables basses ´Ituk´: Driftwood and lacquered metal reversible top. Images from Bleu Nature's website.

- Kristin

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