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Tree by Floor to Heaven

What looks like the cross section of a very old and very large oak tree with many rings is actually a soft, wool area rug.

Tree by Floor to Heaven , via: Stylin Rooms

Cedar Vessels by Yasutaka Shimizu

Akita Cedar Wood Pitchers, cups by Yasutaka Shimizu.

Wooden Birds by Sanna Annukka

In Karelia there was an ancient belief in the Sielulintu or Soul bird. The Sielulintu was thought to deliver the soul to newborn babies and also to transport the soul to the afterlife at the moment of death. It was believed the Sielulintu protected a persons soul at it’s most vulnerable; when dreaming, and it was tradition to keep a carved wooden bird by the bedside to keep the soul safe during sleep.

Wooden Birds, by Sanna Annukka

Juuri by Sarah Böttger

Offenbach College of Design graduate Sarah Böttger has created a series of containers made of mouth-blown glass with segments connected by plastic rings.

Juuri by Sarah Böttger

Seasons by Nao Tamura

Designer Nao Tamura, has won the SaloneSatellite Award, with a serving container made in silica sand. Seasons is an interpretation of functional kitchen and serving ware, inspired by nature and technology, through the cultural lens of Japan. Like a real leaf, each serving dish is flexible and multi-purpose. It rolls up for storage using the benefits of silicone to insure its use in an oven or microware, able to withstand repeated dishwasher cleaning. Each leaf enjoys its own shape, stackable in its open state, and in multiples, creating a sculptural display of serving artware.

Seasons, by Nao Tamura, for Nao Tamura
via: Daque Design

竹 Bamboo by Yu Nomura

Japanese designer Yu Nomura has designed a shot glass that takes its structure from bamboo sticks. With an opening on either side, the glass can be filled on both ends. The fused glasses are intentionally made with one side larger in size than the other, convenient for mixing beverages in different proportions.

竹 (Bamboo), by Yu Nomura, Studio Blue-Hour
via: designboom

L’Ivresse des Bois by Marcel Wanders for Baccarat

Marcel Wanders, a self-professed hedonist of great wines, focuses his talent and humor on wine glasses and carafes which often have little character. Working with an oenologist, he added a Burgundy, Bordeaux and Champagne glass to the traditional blank, featuring elegantly turned stems engraved with his favorite seal. The famous clown’s nose that pops up in his collections has become a motif for the stem and the stopper, produced in Baccarat red or clear crystal. Two magnificently elegant carafes–including one decanter–complete this sophisticated line geared to all design and wine connoisseurs.

L’Ivresse des Bois’ (Drunken Woods), United Crystal Woods, by Marcel Wanders, for Baccarat

Pleated Star Wall Clock by George Nelson

Pleated Star Wall Clock by George Nelson

The upcoming Wright Modern Design auction includes this wall clock by George Nelson & Associates. Pleated Star clock was made in 1955 from lacquered wood and enameled aluminum by the Howard Miller Clock Company, Zeeland, Michigan.

Pleated Star Wall Clock, Estimate: $2,000–3,000, by George Nelson & Associates,
at Wright Modern Design Auction, 23 March.

See more: George Nelson Wall Clocks

Sen by Nicolas Gwenael for Agape

Sen by Nicolas Gwenael for Agape

Sen by Nicolas Gwenael for Agape

Sen by Nicolas Gwenael for Agape

Sen by Nicolas Gwenael for Agape

Sen by Nicolas Gwenael for Agape

Sen by Nicolas Gwenael for Agape

Sen by Nicolas Gwenael for Agape

Sen by Nicolas Gwenael for Agape

Brushed anodized aluminium taps available in grey or black finish, with autonomous controls, to match accessories in the range by the same name. The Sen system includes wall-mounted taps, a flexible hand shower, a shower column, surface-mounted taps and floor-mounted spouts. The accessories include holders for small objects in various sizes, a soap dispenser and towel holder. Suitable for use with the bathtub, washbasin or sanitary fittings, Sen stamps its distinctive mark on any space in which it is fitted.

Sen, by Nicolas Gwenael, Curiosity, for Agape

Forest of Woods by Mark Giglio

Different types of scrap wood turned into a forest.

Forest of Woods, by Mark Giglio, Pen Pencil Stencil

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