Going with the grain: the latest interiors trend

Easy-on-the-eye wood patterns are flourishing in London homes. It’s only natural.
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A ceramic tree trunk with a vivid grain pattern and standing more than three feet high is grabbing attention at the Post Pop: East Meets West show at the Saatchi Gallery in Chelsea. It’s a larger version of a vase on sale at Selfridges, and dominates an installation by London artist/designer Richard Woods, who calls his work Nature Making.
“I’m twisting and distorting the way natural woods can be used,” says Woods, who also printed wood grain on chairs at the show, and made prints of sawn timber. He has made this style his own, printing a sideboard and shelving that is sold by Established & Sons (www.establishedandsons.com).
Woods by name: Richard Woods designed these ceramic tree trunk vases for Wrong for Hay. They come in white, pink and orange, and in three sizes, from £39. Available from the Hay Mini-Mart on the lower-ground floor at Selfridges in Oxford Street, W1 (www.selfridges.com)

Other designers have also hijacked wood grain and tree rings, extracting a new pattern potential from one of London’s favourite natural materials. We are seeing cushions, wallcoverings and even rugs with a poetic timber touch — wood you believe it?
Plank paper: Wayne and Gerardine Hemingway, at the cutting edge since starting the Red Or Dead fashion brand in Camden Lock over 20 years ago, have created a budget take on the wood plank theme — as a wallpaper for Graham & Brown. It’s currently on offer at £20 a roll (www.grahambrown.com). Stockists include B&Q and Homebase. Use it for a Pop Art cupboard rescued from a junk shop.
Blue grain: inspired by a trip to Iceland, Ella Doran’s new Rekki in Reykjavik range gives wood grain an icy tint of blue. Wood Grain Blue wallpaper, printed in the UK on high-grade FSC paper, costs £150 for a 10-metre roll — 52cm wide with a pattern repeat of 78cm (www.elladoran.co.uk).
Tree rings: Michaela Schleypen based her Woodheart rug on a cross-section of a 100-year old oak tree. Handmade using a dense tufting technique in New Zealand wool and Chinese silk, it costs £975 a square metre. A version in moisture-resistant synthetic fibre is also available. See it at the FRONT rug specialists’ showroom in Bruton Place, W1 (www.wearefront.com).
£89: wood ash from a dying fire inspired this cotton cushion, 60cm square, with a feather/down filling. The maker, By Nord, is expert in furnishings with photographic digital prints (www.occa-home.co.uk)
£69.99: this log-effect wall mural comes in four pieces, to create a surface 315cm wide by 232cm high. It’s easy to hang with standard wallpaper paste (www.allposters.co.uk)
Weathered wood: wall mural from a new collection of photography by Nic Miller at Surface View. This design is Weathered Wood 2 and costs £60 a square metre (www.surfaceview.co.uk)

Post Pop: East Meets West, until February 23, Saatchi Gallery, Duke Of York’s HQ, SW3 (www.saatchigallery.com)


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