Textured furniture is the latest part of the ridged renaissance that surfaces have seen over the last few years. Glass panes have become fluted, tiles take a tactile twist and the smartest wallpaper ideas explore the three dimensional. Now it’s the turn of furniture to get involved. Cabinets, wardrobes, sideboards, drawers and desks are eschewing flat fronts, smooth doors and level panels in favour of something a little more decorative, as thin, slat-like grooves take over storage in every room of the house.
Swedish brand Superfront’s newly launched Wood collection - out at the end of the month - offers an easy way to give a linear update to your existing furniture, its doors, drawer fronts and sides created to fit and add interest to Ikea’s most common cabinet frames Metod, Pax and Bestå.
The Vertical Wood design offers a subtle slatted finish in ash veneer, available in six tones ranging neutrals to the gentle blue Thunder (top of the page), olive green Willow and mid grey Cloudy, all of which highlight the natural grain in the material.
See the full range here.
The Verona collection by Nathan Young at Heal’s is a pure celebration of grooves, the1960s-inspired design spanning several sideboards, tables and even a bar unit in walnut, black ash or oak which invite you to peek through the slats at what’s stashed inside. Ideal modern furniture for living rooms, the latest additions to the range are a console and desk, the sharp corners of which are mirrored on the sleek angles of each vertical line.
See the full range here.
John Lewis and Partners
Rounded oak ridges decorate the Reed sideboard by John Lewis & Partners, echoing the pieces’ subtly curved edges and made more dramatic by the contrasting black top, legs and stand-alone front slats the solid oak is painted in. As well as making the most of the vertical pattern’s skill at hiding the entrance to doors, this softer take on the trend introduces a smooth, undulating finish you can’t help but touch.
See the Reed sideboard here.
The carved stripes adorning Next’s aptly named Piano collection are, unsurprisingly, thick, angular and reminiscent of instrument keys. The solid mango wood fronts are jazzed up with elongated gleaming gold handles and a polished marble top, adding a sense of occasion sideboards, tables, drawers and dressers.
See the full collection here.
For a non-timber option, the Audacious cabinet by Jonas Søndergaard for Danish brand Umage is top of the list, a curving rounded body wrapped in a ribbed linear fabric door which slides around the back of the piece when opened. Choose from Petrol Blue, Dusty Rose, Silver Grey, Spring Green or Slate Grey on a TV bench, side table and cabinet.
See the cabinet here.
Amy Moorea Wong is a freelance interior design journalist with a decade of experience in contemporary print and digital editorial, previously News Editor at Livingetc. She writes on a broad range of modern design topics from news and interior zeitgeist to houses, architecture, travel and wider culture. She has a penchant for natural materials, surprising pops of colour and pattern and design with an eco edge.
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