The Natural Look

Say goodbye to 1960s-style molded plastic and Plexiglas. For today's designers of home furnishings, it's all about natural materials. At the recent International Contemporary Furniture Fair in New York City, exhibitors featured everything from rugs that look like grass or moss (no, not Astroturf) to tables made of driftwood. Fabric designer Angela Adams showed hand-tufted, one-of-a-kind rugs inspired by the natural beauty of the island off the coast of Maine where she grew up. Even some of Herman Miller's classic pieces were displayed in natural woods with felt upholstery, in an exhibit called "Get Real."

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