A Spotlight on Finishes – Natural Wood Joinery

This year’s strong trends at the Milan Design Week included the use of natural materials in collaboration with quality design that stands the test of time.


The initial stages of designing a wine storage solution can seem a little daunting. There are countless fixtures, lighting choices and finishes but one of the most popular are natural wood finishes. 


In response to the anxiety of our global future, how we treat our planet and the over consumption of materials, one of the strongest trends in design this year is the use of natural materials. The rising interest in quality hand crafted design is a manifestation of our collective concern around the impact of mass manufacture. High quality design that stands the test of time is essential to prevent over consumption and wasted materials. 


Evident at Milan Design Week were several designers presenting innovative ways of manipulating wood to exaggerate its natural beauty and show its potential in furniture design. 


One designer, sandblasted furniture to remove its softer outer layer, exposing the rings underneath, showing the materials age. Other examples included furniture that had been steam bent, a clean, efficient and eco-friendly process that is used to manipulate wood into shapes that would otherwise seem impossible. By boiling the wood, the cellular structure is weakened allowing designers to create curved shapes, before the material returns to its rigid form. The expert technique and craftsmanship that is used in this age-old technique creates truly bespoke furniture that is the true definition of luxury. It is one of the many techniques and processes that have been developed to manipulate wood to do amazing things.    


At Cellar Maison, our luxury wine cellars, walls and pods are designed to suit the unique needs of restaurants and bars. Every detail is considered ensuring final designs are truly bespoke. Managing Director, Andrew Speer has accumulated 20 year’s experience as a master cabinet-maker. Together with his team of designers he is able to offer sound advice on luxury finishes to suit any space. 


Andrea Lindsay


Cellar Maison


info@cellarmaison.com


020 3633 3286


Twitter: @CellarMaison


Facebook: cellarmaison