If you know me at all, you know I have a strong affinity for anything wood, wood grain or faux bois. Back in grad school, my favorite architecture projects to study and use as precedents were the gorgeous designs from Northern European countries. The quality of the wood detailing is so inspiring. I also love quirky faux bois products. Working as an architect after school, I found a product in the materials library at my office that I was absolutely obsessed with. It was a white porcelain tile with bright faux bois on the surface – pink, yellow, green, blue, any color you could imagine! I want to use it on a project, but sadly, the appropriate space hasn’t presented itself yet. I will use it one day! And the weird pink cowhide vinyl floor covering…
Because of my love for this material, I wanted to do a product roundup of some of my favorite wood grain products.
1 / Cutting Boards / Oso Studio / (photos by Ashleigh Amoroso) My dear friend from Austin and her husband have recently launched Oso Studio. Ashleigh is an incredibly talented photographer (we love working with her!), and her husband has contributed his woodworking skills to her photo sets over the years. This naturally led to their recent product line launch! Beautiful serving trays and cutting boards for your home out of high quality woods and details. You can see more of her photography on Instagram – @ashamor for a mix of life, fashion and brand photoshoots; @ashamorskitchen for gorgeous food photography; and @osostudio for products and woodworking!
2 / Wood Cuts Tea Towel / By Nord Copenhagen / A print of rustic wood cuts on a linen and cotton blend organic textile.
4 / Wood Grain Placemat / Crate & Barrel / A pretty and simple wood cut placemat from Crate & Barrel would look beautiful as part of a holiday place setting.
5 / Hammered Lyric Platter & Serving Bowl Set / Anthropologie / The mix of copper with three tones of wood in this set from is beautiful. Perfect for serving dips at a party or appetizers for a cocktail night. Pair it with hammered copper tumblers for your cocktails and your party will look so polished
6 / Walnut Coffee Dripper / General Store / A wood coffee dripper for making pour-overs is about the coolest thing I’ve seen. Typically these are made of porcelain, but I love the dark walnut color in juxtaposition with lighter coffee mugs.
1 / Wood Vases + Succulent Planters / BDJ Craftworks / Another talented friend from Austin, Brian Johnson, is the talented maker behind BDJ Craftworks. A former custom furniture designer, he turned his focus towards creating small home decor pieces like these vases and planters for the past few years. Ever the unsettled artist, he has more recently pivoted towards unique, one-of-a-kind art and sculpture. I cannot wait to see what’s in store from his amazingly creative mind for 2017! If you are ever in Austin, stop by his studio and gallery on East 5th Street, Cloud Tree Studios and Gallery.
2 / Petrified Wood Tray / Anthropologie / Cool wood dishes perfect for holding odds and ends like keys, rings, or other trinkets.
4 / Wood Bike Holder / Woodstick / There are plenty of wooden bike holders out there, but I like the sculptural quality of this one. The burled oak looks beautiful and would look great on its own or with a bike hanging from it.
5 / Faceted Hurricane Candle Holder / Anthropologie / Simple, geometric poplar wood base with a cool faceted top that reminds me of a crystal.
6 / Faux Bois Pillow Cover / Lily on Blue / I love the detail in the stitching with this faux bois pillow cover. The abstract quality that it gives the wood grain feels very modern.
If you know of any amazing wood or wood grain products that should be on my radar, hit me up! I’m always on the lookout.