Tree Inspired Designs Go Against the Grain

December 30, 2011 by

Justin Beaumont’s TreeRing Stools: beetle pine, mirrored Plexiglas, cool fluorescent lights.

Fee-Fi-Faux-Fun…it’s winter and cold here on the east coast so, you got it, I’m thinking about how to bring nature inside. Indoor plants will certainly do the trick–but I also started thinking about trees and went on a search for designs with wood motifs.

Plantation’s sumptuous Tree Stump Stool constructed of painted resin with a rich gold finish.

From the floor to the tabletop and spaces in between, I discovered some cool things–from items resembling tree rings and fakes that really make you look twice to see if they are real wood. Some are created from genuine found wood and others are faux bois, otherwise known in plain English as fake wood.

&Made’s Lost and Found upcycled stools made from solid timbers and found furniture rescued from the streets.

Woody Wood rug from YLDesigns. $1162 includes shipping from Europe.

KleinReid’s bisque porcelain logs make a great replacement for the real thing during the warmer months.

Chiliwich placemats from Uncommon Goods.

Wood grain pillow, $30.58 from Target.

Jason Phillips fiberglass and resin pieces from the Log Collection for Phillips Collection.

Lighting the winter log: lamp and lampshade from Lamps Plus.

Courtney Skott’s prototype tree stools: “The Tree Stools recall the communal atmosphere of sitting around the campfire, but are built for the most elegant silk-upholstered living room.”

Faux bois melamine plates from Charles Anderson’s Pop Ink collection.

Gus Stump Storage Box from 2Modern is a sleek contemporary twist on the wood grain effect.

For the nonfunctional hearth: Gilded iron fireplace logs from San Miguel Allende-based Casamidy are designed to hold five pillar candles. Available in blackened silver or gold, the logs are 22 inches wide,16 inches deep, and 10 inches high. $675. For ordering info, contact Casamidy. Via Remodelista.

Just for fun: I just couldn’t resist sharing this Mori No Roll toilet paper roll from Japanese design studio Memorable.

Vintage ceramic wood grained pitcher from V and M.

I love this faux bois ceramic ice bucket with a polished chrome finish from Plantation.

When my son was 2 (he’s now 24!), he had a wood tie exactly like this, just a little shorter. $34 from Uncommon Goods.

Jed Johnson’s Merritt Table is cast metal bas-relief on recessed casters.

Plantation’s real wool, faux wood Arbor Rug rug is soft underfoot.

DIY: Wood Graining Kit $3.97 each from Home Depot.

Illuminated by votives placed around them, Jeff Benroth’s signed and numbered glass logs are cast from real pieces of wood.

Would you wear wood “trunks”?


  1. Annie Haven | Authentic Haven Brand said:

    for New Years I’ll take the ice bucket <|;-) Happy New Year to you and yours Annie

    — December 31, 2011 @ 10:24

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