These traditional techniques are back in new and unexpected ways
Use contrasting grains to create a pattern insert. Blonde oak W746 flooring; dark walnut W770 flooring; wild walnut W762 flooring; all £70 per sq m, Signature collection, Amtico
THE STORY SO FAR
We’re used to seeing marquetry, which is inlaid patterns of wood veneer, metal
or bone, on polished antique furniture; and typically parquetry, (which is the same but laid in geometric formation), on flooring or to ornament furniture. However, the rise in value being placed on traditional crafts, coupled with a love for smart geometrics, means that these techniques are now being reinvented using new materials and graphic imitations.
Cairo, Marquetry tile collection, Heliot & Co
Traditional techniques meet modern design
Inlay collection, by Front for Porro
of a series celebrating British manufacturing techniques,
Lee Broom’s Parquetry lamp is comprised of linear layers of wood veneer, blue lacquer and brass inlay.
Line up: honouring classic British design
Parquetry table lamp, £3,450,
Lee Broom range, Houseology
Designer Bethan Laura Wood experiments with colour and pattern – the marquetry on her Super Fake series uses laminate wood veneer, whilst the Hot Rock furniture includes coloured MDf for a landscape effect finish.
Hot Rock cabinet, Bethan Laura Wood
Upcycler Lucy Turner designs colourful mid-century-stye furniture fused with Formica marquetry
Rockman & Rockman’s geometric designs include wood and acrylic side tables and veneer-effect cushions.
Cube 7 side table, £695, Rockman & Rockman
Joined by hand: discover artisan 3D pattern, Wewood has used traditional oak and walnut marquetry for its modern Scarpa sideboard
Scarpa sideboard, £4,608,
Wewood range, Clippings.com
In the grain: mixed-material effect, Patricia Urquiola’s Fishbone table designs for Moroso features faux marble and mother-of-pearl
table, £1,752, Moroso range, Nest.co.uk
Classic beauty: this coffee table uses the traditional technique of marquetry with intricately cut marble sections
Moonlight Kaleidoscope coffee table, Rue Monsieur Paris
Cheat the parquet effect on walls and go for wall-to-wall pattern, with murals and wallpaper.
Soft pastel colours are an alternative to traditional wood tones
Hexagon Nude wall mural, £33 per m2, By May range, Photowall
For a more traditional finsih try Cole &
Son’s Art-Deco-inspired Delano wallpaper and Paper Moon’s Random Papers
Deco Delano wallpaper, £76 per roll, Cole & Son range, John Lewis
Diamond wall mural in red, £415 wall mural
x H372cm), Random Paper range, Paper Moon
Alternatively, check out the Get Organised range from Paperchase for
Seventies-style, veneer-effect notebooks and files.
Step back in time, this cushion embraces retro and modern all at once!
Arrow 10 cushion, £48, Rockman & Rockman range, Culture Label