What's Hot: Cutting-Edge Wood Designs

  • Carolyn Meers

Earthy yet avant-garde, these alluring new furnishings are fresh takes on the great outdoors.

Inspired by the white sand beaches and azure blue waters of the French Caribbean, the new St. Barts Collection from New York–based furniture designer Andrianna Shamaris launched earlier this summer. The line consists of coffee tables, side tables, and dining tables (from $390 for a basic bench to $19,800 for a console table) made of reclaimed teak that is aged in the sun and sea air for at least 12 months and coated with an organic white wash. On select pieces, the wood’s natural crevices are infused with small puddles or large amounts of aqua-colored resin that is then cracked to resemble quartz crystal. (www.andriannashamarisinc.com)

Taking his cues from satellite imagery of Earth’s winding waterways, Washington-based furniture designer Greg Klassen crafts the one-of-a-kind pieces in his River Collection from discarded tree trunks. Each piece of wood is milled into slabs and dried in the open for three years before being fashioned into its final shape. Klassen’s designs range in size and function and include the rounded Nelson River Coffee Table ($5,800), the rough-edged Cedar Lake Table ($5,800), and the majestic Maple River Longhorn Dining Table ($10,500 for the 8-foot size). (www.gregklassen.com)

The new limited-edition Abyss Table (about $10,000) from the British design studio Duffy London depicts a topographic view of the ocean, revealing its varying depths through contrasting colors that range from dark blue to emerald green. Launched in July, the rectangular table measures more than 5 feet long and 2.5 feet wide; is made from sculpted glass and ethically sourced wood; and is limited to 25 models. Clients can choose the specific section of ocean that is depicted. Designer Christopher Duffy cites the color variation of factory glass as his inspiration. “I noticed how the material darkened as they added layers—the same way the sea does as it deepens,” Duffy says. “I wanted to use this effect to replicate a real piece of the earth’s sea bed . . . like a mythical power had lifted a perfect rectangle straight from the earth’s crust to use as his personal ornament.” (www.duffylondon.com)

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