Furniture designers are finally tiring of slick plastic and carbon fiber and are seeking out materials with more personality, such as the home-furnishing classic, wood. Here are the new pieces that prove knots and grain can look plenty fresh. Monica Khemsurov
The Turkish firm Autoban has reworked the bergère chair, stripping down the form, widening it to seat two, and giving it a relaxed slope.
Bergère sofa (pictured above), by Autoban for De La Espada (from $3,895)
A chunk of reclaimed hardwood cradling seven sacred texts, Juxtaposed: Religion has marked San Francisco-based designers Mike and Maaike, from California and the Netherlands, respectively, as rising stars.
Juxtaposed: Religion shelf, by Mike and Maaike for BlankBlank ($2,500)
Choosing wood doesn't necessarily mean embracing brown. The Ki chair, by the Italian icon Mario Bellini, layers a veneer that's been bleached and painted with zebra stripes over a sustainable-wood core.
Ki chair, by Mario Bellini for Horm ($700)
Designer Matthew Kroeker has a yen for multifunctionality. The two halves of his bench can be used three ways: interlocked, pushed together so their outer edges are jagged, or as separate seats.
Splinter bench, by Matthew Kroeker for Jane Hamley Wells ($1,980)
The Light Extending Table, part of U.K. artisan Matthew Hilton's first collection, is named for the way it seems to hover above the ground and can stretch from 6.5 feet to nearly 10 feet in length.
Light Extending Table, by Matthew Hilton for De La Espada (from $5,580)