As a design element, wood’s got a lot to give. Its grain adds natural texture and warmth to a space, and the material can be used in seemingly unlimited ways (we explored its shapeshifting qualities in an episode of our podcast, Raw Materials 3 Ways). It plays nice with other mediums and wears well with age, whether given the shou sugi ban treatment or cut down to form elegant floor and wall patterns. Best of all, it’s a renewable building material with comparatively low carbon emissions. These picks from the print archive showcase some exceptional cases wherein wood plays against the grain.
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