The look of wood remains one of the all-time classics. Here’s a look at how some manufacturers are bringing that look into their latest products.
Kayu V wood wall cladding from Island Stone (above) is a meshed tile arrangement of reclaimed Indonesian teak with a tapering relief. Taken together, the tiles weave across the wall, providing a modern take on the exquisite authenticity of salvaged tropical wood.
“Kayu V is an evolution of our original Island Stone design of the interlocking rustic V tile series in stone,” said Nigel Eaton, CEO, Island Stone. “The Look, inspired by woven baskets and bamboo mats, is made with reclaimed Indonesian teak wood.
“The distinctive wood tile creates a sophisticated design aspect to a feature wall while displaying the immense character of reclaimed wood, from weathered exterior boards with saw marks from the old large hand saws, to slightly charred pieces of timber used behind fires for cooking,” he added. “And while the woven feel adds an element of organization and offers a different appearance from different angles, the dimensional properties come alive when lit, creating a pattern of shadows to give the feature yet another mood. Another asset is the thickness in the timber, which adds an extra dimension by absorbing acoustics and lends ambiance to the spaces where it’s used.”
Each vanity, cabinet and accessory from Strasser Woodenworks is crafted in the U.S., built to order using cherry, maple, red oak and alder hardwoods sourced in the U.S. and Canada. The company prides itself on detailed craftsmanship, including solid-wood dovetail construction, hand sanding, whisper-close doors and drawers and solid-wood legs.
“The ‘reclaimed’ look is a growing trend in bathrooms and is also popular in hotels, bars, restaurants and airports,” said Peter Ollestad, VP of sales, Strasser Woodenworks. “Our Dusky Oak vanity capitalizes on this trend with a feel of ageless beauty of reclaimed wood with a feel of planks from old barns, factories and warehouses. Dusky Oak will actually coordinate exquisitely with many hotel lobbies, restaurants and bars. The finish provides easy maintenance, reducing time and labor for staff cleaning hotel rooms.”
Designer Doorware’s new Monte Timber Collection of hardware incorporates American white oak or American black walnut hardwood to deliver a sense of visual and physical warmth. The natural material is versatile and adaptable to most interiors and, when paired with other wood finishes within the same space, enables a closer connection to the surrounding interiors. Monte Timber is available in a range of sleek silhouettes, including a perfectly round knob and an ultra-contemporary blade pull, that elevate the look of wood into modern forms.
“Versatile and adaptable, our Monte Timber hardware optimizes the inherent qualities of natural wood to create a sense of visual and physical warmth while adding a modern edge to the space,” said Joseph Di Benedetto, executive director, Designer Doorware. “In addition to offering an antibacterial advantage, the American white oak or American black walnut hardwood collection’s contemporary silhouettes create a closer connection with the surrounding interiors, especially when paired with other wood finishes.”
Ashley Norton’s collection of all-natural Wood Cabinet Hardware helps make a bold design statement when paired with kitchen and bath cabinetry. From the curvy Wave Pull to the angular Wing Knob, each distinctive design helps add a sense of unique personality.
Designed to complement virtually any style of cabinetry, the Wood Hardware Collection is as versatile as it is ergonomic. Available in both Oak and Walnut wood varieties, the collection of wood pulls includes the Wave Pull, modeled after the flow of the ocean (pictured); the Arc Pull, with its bridge-like curve and tapered center; the Cape Pull, reminiscent of free-flowing fabric moving in the wind. Knobs include the steeply oblique Angle Knob; the v-shaped Wing Knob; and the playful Yo-Yo Knob.
“With its organic lines and one-of-a-kind details, wood makes a handsome design statement,” said Ashish Karnani, VP, Ashley Norton. “It’s also an incredibly functional hardware element that coordinates with just about any style or finish of cabinetry.”