If you love one-of-a-kind furniture, then it is time to get to know live edge wood furniture. This type of design is all about the natural features of wood slabs and how those features can be showcased in beautiful interior design. When you see it, you know it.
Live-edge Design is a signature style for many makers. The pieces, from headboards and tables to knife blocks and lamps, feature rough edges and textures of single pieces of wood. Most live-edge design pieces have some sanded and squared edges. The highlight of each piece is what is left unfinished thus showcasing the character of the wood. It takes a maker with the eye of an artist to craft these special pieces.
What is live edge wood?
The term “live edge” comes from the way the wood is cut. Artisans who are ecologically aware will only use wood that is reclaimed. Not wood that is specially cut for the purpose of creating furniture. The live edge of a tree involves the outer rings, which are the living part of the tree. When a piece of live edge wood is used, the entire slab of the tree is used. The bark is used for something else. Even though the live edge is not finished – in the traditional sense, it is often smoothed, then waxed or oiled to showcase the uniqueness of the edges.
How do you describe live edge wood furniture design?
You might be tempted to lump live-edge designs as rustic, but live-edge designs are so much more. These pieces can be modern, mid-century, cottage, art deco, retro, relaxed, urban, etc. In a nutshell, they are transitional and can fit with nearly all styles. Really, it’s all about the craftsmanship and philosophy of the maker. The way she is able to showcase the organic beauty of the selected piece of wood.
What makes live edge wood furniture special?
Wood is not perfect and live edge design features the imperfections with style and form. Instead of covering up flaws, makers show them off. These flaws are making live edge design grow in popularity. It is becoming more common to see dining room table, benches, and other large pieces of furniture with the gorgeous and surprising elements of live edges. The best designs have an intentionality about them. There should be no accident about when and where the rough edges and natural finishes are used – the live edges should be seamlessly showcased. The unique natural elements and usefulness of the pieces make them the new keepsakes that will be passed down for generations.
Live edge designs remind us that Mother Nature is really the best designer. Every tree she designs is special. The best makers are able to maintain Mother Nature’s designs in their live edge pieces. If you have the opportunity to add a live edge piece by an Artisan Born designer to your home, you will not be disappointed.
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