While we totally get the raw/unfinished/dilapidated trend, sometimes we prefer a look that's just a little more polished. An excellent compromise: petrified wood, which has recently hit the design scene like a ton of fossilized vegetation.
The multi-colored slabs are all one-of-a-kind--the result of hundreds of years of mineralization which turns them into stone--and are often
works of art in and of themselves. This said, we like incorporating the natural phenomena in more functional ways.
We love this irregularly shaped
side table ($548), which has a Pacific Northwest aesthetic without going too far into
Twin Peaks territory. For a sleeker approach, we'll go with
Hudson Furniture?s statement-making
stools (price available upon request). They could almost pass for marble upon first glance.