If you have scrolled through some of our favorite Made Goods and Worlds Away products, you have noticed that many are available with “faux shagreen” finishes and that select collections boast burled wood. As one of our favorite ways to add subtle texture to your furniture and room, we thought it was only fair to provide you with a short history lesson about these looks.
The use of shagreen dates back centuries to the French Aristocracy– talk about making a room royal. During this time period, the granular texture of stingray and shark skin (keep in mind our products are faux!) adorned most leather products and small accessories. It was not until the beginning of the Art Deco period that designers like Clement Rousseau and Jean Michael Frank incorporated this
concept into larger furniture pieces. In the past five years, designers such as Made Goods, Arteriors Home, Emporium, and Regina Andrew thought that if shagreen was good enough for the French Aristocracy, then it is good enough for us! Through the use of resin molds, these companies integrate the shagreen texture onto furniture pieces ranging from coffee tables to headboards, even lighting. Its durable finish and subtle touch of pattern make it one of CGH’s must-haves for any room in your house!
Burl wood? What? Don’t worry, we wondered about the idea too for a while! The easiest way to think about this recently prevalent texture of many of Worlds Away products is to think of it like you think of a marble finish, but of wood. Underneath a layer of lacquered goodness rests a unique cut of wood that is not commonly found on furniture. The “wild grain” has been twisted and interlocked to deform the wood, creating the “burl” – hence the name. Because it is hidden within the tree’s root system, this cut is truly an original find and something that will surely be a talking point in your home. Worlds Away has created its pieces as a small hint to the past, but added in flare for classic elegance that ensures they will be transitional pieces lasting into the future!