The Next Big Thing: Marquetry and Parquetry

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  • 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


    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,

    In the grain: mixed-material effect, Patricia Urquiola’s Fishbone table designs for Moroso features faux marble and mother-of-pearl

    Fishbone coffee
    table, £1,752, Moroso range,

    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
    mural collection.

    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

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