Another year at the Milan furniture fair further solidified the organic nature of modern design; a trend that’s been catching fire for the last few years. More wooden tables with live edges, lighter, blonder wooden finishes like bleached ash, walnut, and oak adorned the showrooms of top Italian brands. Showing natural grain and the history of a tree, dining surfaces were rustic and modern at once. Walnut was still a strong choice, displaying a combination of tonal diversity and the natural integrity of the tree featuring straight grain in the trunk and wavy grain towards the roots while natural oak or as some call it, Heritage oak was the newest craze. With visually prominent properties like rings and large pores, oak’s texture has visible medullary rays that contribute to its unrefined appeal and consequently make choice du jour for the bucolically inclined interiors.
Eliot Wood dining table by Cattelan Italia features live edge walnut top.
While Skorpio dining table by Cattelan Italia features a Heritage Oak wooden top.
Big table by Bonaldo is reinvented with corten legs and anthracite grey polished solid oak wood.