Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2008


It's back to basics for designers this season. Eschewing the high-tech and often environmentally unfriendly materials that seemed so striking in the past — think colorful polycarbonate chairs and housewares — the latest trend to sweep everything from furniture to fashion is wood. Available, naturally, in a broad spectrum of shades and fixed with unique patterns in the grain, wooden objects are never exactly alike. From the simple practicality of Stilvoll's desk to Vinçon's quirky radio and even Bottega Veneta's glamorous bangles, wood is adaptable to any taste.