Nature enters into our decor when we least expect her. Whether one lives in the country or the city, nature often presents in the form of wood. In some cases, natural wood, in others, fired, and sometimes simply evoked … or consumed.
Burning wood is always an ever-changing spectacle: the quintessence of nature in action. But the blaze occasionally holds a surprise, as when it takes the form of granules and feeds a stove to produce mesmerizing flames.
• Ravelli Pellet stove, distributed by Powrmatic Canada Ltd., powrmatic.ca
This technique is old, but applied to wood, it makes a lasting impression: torrefaction – the firing of wood species (cedar, larch, pine) at high temperature to make them more stable, more durable and beautiful. Ecological, torrefied wood is a friend to Mother Nature.
• Plafonds Lambris et Cie, plafondlambris.com
The golden rule of contrasts always holds true: in an all-wood room from floor to ceiling, a modern kitchen where laminate, quartz, and stainless coexist. For this Java model, the upper space is freed up, and maximal use is made of the lower cabinets.
• Tendances Concept, 877.438.3388 tendances-concept.com
There is a revival of knitting at home and our examples originate from on high: fine designers are getting into the game. Gandia Blasco has created these Trenzas poufs for Gan, in ivory, taupe, or brown wool in which the covers are knotted like a heavy sweater.
• Bonaldo, 2 rue Le Royer Est, Montréal 514.287.9222 bonaldo.ca
King of the country, wood impresses even when it ends as logs, the crackling of the flames and comforting smell add to the overall effect. The Stûv 21 (illustrated: rusted steel finish 2185sf2) fireplace is sold with assembly instructions where even the logs contribute to the decor.
• Imported by Stûv America, 514.396.9463 stuvamerica.com
American designer Annie Selke creates contemporary products in vibrant colors and rich textures. Here, the montage borrows from some of her Pine Cone Hill collection: a woven cotton cover and quilted coverlet for casual comfort.
• Design Louis George Ogilvy 5th floor, 1307 rue Sainte-Catherine Ouest, Montréal 514.842.7711, poste 294 designlouisgeorge.com
From the Nouveaux classiques collection of Roche Bobois, a solid basswood Dubois dresser: traditional assembly, aged colored patina, glossy, buffed shellac finish and hand waxed antique patina. Beyond time and style: natural materials that respect the environment.
• Roche Bobois, 514.350.9070 ou 450.688.6000 roche-bobois.com