Emerging Trend: Walnut

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  • It's matt and it's back...there's a soft, new look for this warm wood

    Clean lines and smooth, matt veneers update this mid-century favourite

    Maconie walnut coffee table, £395, Clerkenwell walnut sideboard and shelving unit, £995, all Habitat

    Walnut has long been associated with Mid Century furniture, but the modern reincarnation of this style uses walnut or a veneer with a matt rather than shiny finish, in sculpted, sophisticated style. We’re seeing elements of metal ‘du jour’ brass, which is a perfect match for its rich colouring. Furniture designers are also mixing walnut with ash and oak, which adds a smart element to less formal, crafted pieces.

    Where we’ve seen it:

    For original mid-century designs take a look at the curvy Cherner chair, and Gubi’s 62 series, designed in 1952, the furniture with skinny metal legs was seen to be 10 years ahead of time. In 2014, Hans J Wegner’s iconic chairs Wishbone, Sawbuck and CH33 were re-released with a two-tone finish of oak and walnut. Russell Pinch combines walnut with light oak which is punctuated with
    visible walnut joins for Clement and Clyde side tables and Imo stools.

    Grossman Dresser, £1,969, Gubi range, The Lollipop Shoppe

    Cherner Armchair, £1,050, by Norman Cherner, Nest

    Latest releases:

    Samuel Chan of Channels has added The Three Wise Men Trio pendant, in addition to the Finneiston furniture and lighting collection with sleek, sculptural design. British design brand Vitamin’s Cloak light, with a perfectly smooth wooden sphere encased in a long glass pendant.

    The power of three! This pendant light is perfect for a dining room, Three Wise Men Trio pendant, Channels

    This has some ultimate Mad Men appeal and the smoked glass top adds some another level of sophistication, Gazelle desk, £399, John Lewis

    How cute is he?! Maxi Owl decoration, £45, Matt Pugh range, Amara

    The steam bent strips create a pine cone shape, Scots Light, £320, Tom Raffield

    These classic Ercol Originals are transformed in this two tone effect, Love Seat, £900; Coffee Table, £500 in Dead Matt, Heal’s

    Channel a totally 70’s vibe with this Polygon Shelving Unit, £329, Made

    Going with the grain, this Walnut stool has a beautiful matt finish, £250, Splinter Designs range, Clippings

    The mix of walnut, ash and brass legs makes this Sideboard Two a simple but stunning piece, £2,475, Another Country

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