From natural-edge, wood-framed mirrors to straight-cut, single-slice wooden tables and rough-hewn, round-whittled log furniture, the idea of using (or reusing) wood in an organic ‘aesthetic’ when it comes to wood dates way back beyond written history of human building endeavors.

However, this historically low-tech and of-necessity approach has been radically reexamined in recent times by creative designers and contemporary craftspeople. Many now seek to use what may be the original building material of humankind in new and unique ways, via modern tools, styles and fresh design ideas that blur lines between past styles and surreal postmodern visions.

In some cases, the goal is to mix the natural, comfortable, variegated material properties of wood with extremely simple curves and lines more typical of classic modern designs, with metal or glass added to the composition as needed both for physical support and aesthetic contrast.

While there may be more creative hybrid wood craft now than ever before, this trend is not entirely new to the modern age. Wood tables, stools and chairs were of interest even in the Victorian and Medieval periods and other decor-oriented stages and stylistic movements from times past – the last set of vintage wooden chairs shown above is actually over a hundred years old.