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Sylvan style: wood and leaves in art and interiors

Wood and leaves are appearing widely in art, photography and interiors. However, traditional wooden furniture and home accessories are giving way to raw-edged, unfinished products - and more exotic types of material like henna wood, teak, bamboo, palm and papyrus are being used:

Handmade wooden lighting and home furnishings with a slightly homespun feel are gaining popularity, like these basket lamps and papyrus chandelier:

Wooden tables that are roughly cut slabs of wood allow the user to appreciate the natural variation of nature (including the flaws). A marquetry cabinet is upcycled from oddments of timber. Eric Turp's chair is made by adding arms and a back rest to a simple log. Or, is beautifully carved from a whole piece of wood into the shape of a shell.

Wall coverings, room dividers and decorative art are likely to include cut bamboo, pressed leaves (palm and ginkgo) and organic seed pods.

East and north European sylvan folk influences are evident in functional objects like these wooden kitchen utensils, tree chopping design art and ‘Body in Landscape’ photograph by Annette Reimer. There are even sylvan soaps and wooden packaging as containers for delicate crunched-silk tops and scarves.

Design art also reflects the growing interest in nature, as seen in this woodland sculpture and the curiously simple ‘Fall’ by Margarida Gouveia.

These detailed compositions by Bangkok based artist, Thamarat Phokai, are created using hundreds of pieces of teak wood in different textures and tones. The shapes are hand-cut and pieced together using dovetail joints.

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