Traditionally, designers have had structural relationship with wood, using it to backbone homes, or frame sturdy pieces of furniture. But of late, modern designers are pushing wood in new directions, creating objects that are light-infused, delicate, even girly:
FLOCK OF SWALLOWS MOBILE
WINE KNOT WINE RACK
by Scott Henderson, Tony Baxter and Alberto Mantilla for Mint Inc.
In another take on the bendable property of wood, the “Wine Knot” includes smooth veneers of birch and walnut woven to hold six typical wine bottles and one magnum of Champagne—a piece that’s both beguiling and functional, $130; through Counterpoint Home.
THANK YOU CARDS by Night Owl Paper Goods
Printed on thin slices of eco-friendly, sustainably harvested birch, these letterpress thank you cards take to both pen and pencil and can be shipped through the mail, $5.25 each, multiple designs; through Paper Patisserie.