I know, Gentle Readers: “mixed materials” isn’t entirely new. We’re used to seeing lucite with glass, metal with wood, mirror and wood…
And two-toned desks certainly have been around for a while. This one is wood and vellum, with a touch of brass on the pulls:
And here’s a deskd in wood and marble with brass on the legs:
But in sourcing living room furniture for a client recently, I realized two things.
First, there was an abundance of furniture in THREE different materials. This bookcase/cabinet from Holly Hunt is in wood and metal (each has multiple finish options), and it can have an open back, or one in mirror or leather:
And here’s a bed in wood AND brass AND any upholstery you like:
The second thing I noticed is that the materials themselves were getting interesting.
Here’s an elegant media cabinet in wood, raffia, and brass:
And here’s a boldly colored vellum cabinet with brass trim:
Finally, a sculptural chair in precious bronze ($$$) with leather or fabric. This looks like mohair to me:
I’m oddly drawn to this chair, despite the fact (because of the fact?) that it reminds me of Alberto Giacometti’s profoundly disturbing sculpture, Woman With Her Throat Cut.
No need to settle for boring wooden furniture anymore, eh? ;)
Annie Elliott Design is based in Washington, DC, with additonal offices in St. Michaels, Maryland and Middlebury, Vermont. Annie’s design work and insights have appeared in numerous local and national publications, including HGTV Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Washington Post, and Washingtonian Magazine.