ISSUE 40  |  Nightshade

10 Easy Pieces: Distressed Furniture in Black

October 07, 2015 9:00 AM

BY Alexa Hotz

Blackened wood is having a moment, be it lacquered, stained, charred, or oxidized, and we’re all in. For those who dare to join us, here’s a roundup of our favorite noirish pieces.


Above: BDDW’s large and low Bron Table is available in a burned, charred finish as seen here. Contact BDDW for more information.


Above: From Sawkille in Rhinebeck, New York, the Nomad Chair in oxidized black walnut has shaker proportions. Contact Sawkille for pricing and availability.


Above: Materia Design’s Incendo Bench is blacked via shou sugi ban and constructed with traditional joinery technique; prices start at $1,774.


Above: From charred wood experts ReSawn Timber Co., the Credenza 1 has a case of shou sugi ban treated wood with pale maple doors and oxidized maple accents. Contact ReSawn Timber Co. for more information.


Above: The Low Table from Blackcreek Mercantile & Trading Co. in Upstate New York is naturally dyed in black; $4,500 for the 53-inch-long table.


Above: CB2’s Charred Bench is a pine wood top, charred and set onto lacquered steel legs; $299.


Above: The Pub Table from Fermata Woodworks is a tall bar table charred in the traditional shou sugi ban style and hand waxed. Contact Fermata Woodworks for pricing and availability.

Four/Quarter Furniture Design in San Francisco

Above: Four/Quarter’s Dowel Sling Chair in blackened oak and black leather; $799 at Four/Quarter in San Francisco.


Above: The Sawyer Bench from Fern in New York is available in lengths up to 12 feet and is shown here in ebonized ash wood. Contact Fern for more information.


Above: Designer Nao Tamura created a special edition of the classic Alvar Aalto Stool 60 by lacquering the birch stool in black and printing the top with a white pattern like the rings of a tree trunk. The stool is $390 at Artek.


Above: Also from Sawkille in Rhineback, the 119-Inch Oxidized Cherry Bench is $5,800 at March.

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