Wood : the undisputed ally for a warm and refined interior
Wood has always had a place in French furniture.
He never ceases to dress our interiors, bringing them warmth and serenity. Whether clear or mat, raw or worked, the wood adapts perfectly to all styles, offering a wide choice of possibilities in terms of decoration.
This season, we find it everywhere. From parquet to walls, he knows sublimate interiors and furniture and this for our greatest pleasure.
Wood in French furniture: a long history
From Romanesque style in the Middle Ages, wood is an integral part of French furniture. This material, easy to work, allows to quickly design easily transportable furniture.
Chests, chairs, benches are carved in solid wood, usually oak or walnut.
At the Renaissance, the import of exotic wood, combined with a development of know-how, gave birth to furniture of unprecedented quality. Ebony, pear, rosewood or amaranth make their entry into French furniture, allowing to design pieces with exotic accents.
The twentieth century saw the appearance of the Art Nouveau movement, in total rupture with all the previous styles, followed by the Art Deco movement. These upheavals in French design have only confirmed the central place occupied by wood. Drawing furniture with curved lines inspired by nature for the first or pieces with rigorous symmetry for the second, the wood still stands out as the keystone of French decoration.
Today, Scandinavian design largely influences our furniture codes. Since the second half of the twentieth century, the minimalism of our northern neighbors inspires more than ever because of its delicacy and the accuracy of its associations.
Scandinavian style: between functionality and sobriety
It was during the universal exhibitions of Paris of 1900 and 1925 that the French discovered the Scandinavian design. Far from being unanimous in its beginnings, the taste of the French for this style is finally pronounced after the Second World War, continuing its rise in the 50s and 60s.
Born at the dawn of the twentieth century, Scandinavian design belongs to the modernist trend by its desire to simplify forms and its interest in natural materials.
Simple, refined and functional, it raises the question of the interactions between the human, the nature and the object. Because of his concern for respect for the material and his taste for minimalism, he testifies to the close relationship between our neighbors to the north and nature.
Nordic designers such as Alvar Aalto, Borge Mogensen, Hans Wegner and Arne Jacobsen have put their humanist concerns at the center of their creations, feeding their imagination to artists in direct contact with materials, the harshness of climatic conditions left them no choice but to opt for a patic material. In this new state of mind where functionality and common sense are required, it is not surprising that wood, functional and economic, occupies a major place.
Today, at a time when environmental issues are inseparable from the creative process, Scandinavian design and environmental concerns continue to influence French designers.
A wide range of possibilities
The richness of wood species offers a wide range of possibilities in terms of furniture. Economic and ecological, it comes in different colors.
The bare wood, without finishing, is found more and more in the furniture of designers (Cf: Root bench). The metal wood wedding is ideal for an industralo-vintage style, the metal legs bringing a touch of lightness to the furniture (Cf: Commode Ico Parisi).
Bamboo is for a minimalist and elegant interior with Scandinavian accents.
For a more rustic style, raw wood will be preferred. Hevea, meanwhile, is perfect for small budgets.
Wengé with a dark character, padouk of an explosive red or amaranth with purple veins, the abundance of exotic woods and the richness of their colors will only increase the possibilities of furnishing.
The wood is therefore the ideal ally to warm the rooms, while creating a welcoming place of life, always close to nature.