Why Live Edge Tables Are Trending in Offices

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AUSTIN, Texas - Dec. 6, 2018 - eTradeWire -- The popularity of live edge furniture made from reclaimed wood slab lumber is on the rise in commercial office space design. And no wonder. Each piece of live edge furniture is a unique piece of art, made from a one-of-a-kind piece of wood expertly crafted to highlight the natural characteristics of the reclaimed wood slab, including the unique natural grain, knots, voids, and surface imperfections.

The Natural Wood Trend Is IN: Live Edge Furniture Brings The Feel Of Nature Inside The Office

Natural wood is having a moment in today's commercial office environments.

The recycling movement known as "upcycling" might be stoking the wood design trend; for example, have you noticed the increasing use of rough-sawn barn doors (using highly visible overhead rails) used in both commercial and residential interiors?

Another possible explanation is a renewed fascination with wood and its properties as a material. After all, wood is a uniquely sustainable and environmentally-friendly material (when harvested responsibly) that reconnects us with the natural world (https://formaspaceoffice.com/articles/architect/biophilic-design-whats-missing-office-project/), while at the same time, reducing our carbon footprint.

Indeed, wood seems to have caught the attention of architects and structural engineers in recent times (https://www.architecturaldigest.com/gallery/best-new-wood-buildings-slideshow/all).

For example, the proposed 70-story wooden structure now under consideration in Tokyo, Japan would be the world's tallest wood building (https://www.theguardian.com/cities/2018/feb/16/p...) (at 1,148 feet) when completed.

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The renaissance in wood's popularity is also fueled by the taste sensibilities of the Millennial generation. Not only do they love plants in the home and in the office (https://www.nytimes.com/2018/03/09/realestate/pl...), they are also busy rediscovering the great furniture designers of the mid-century, modern design period, such as Charles and Ray Eames, famous for their bent plywood furniture creations, and George Nakashima, the Japanese-American master of live edge furniture design.

Nakashima's live edge furniture designs highlight the natural features of reclaimed wood slabs by emphasizing the features that are usually hidden from view (by careful sawing at the lumberyard), such as natural bark surfaces, as well as internal voids caused by stresses, knots, etc.

Born in Spokane, Washington in 1905, Nakashima earned his Master's in Architecture at MIT, then he traveled the world before moving Japan during the 1930s, where he worked for one of Frank Lloyd Wright's architectural collaborators in Tokyo. In his explorations of Japan, Nakashima was able to experience firsthand the Japanese design aesthetic known as wabi-sabi celebrates natural defects and variations in materials (in contrast to the prevailing Western design aesthetic that promotes uniformity and perfection.)

The wabi-sabi aesthetic influenced Nakashima's work as wood sculptor and furniture maker (https://www.nakashimawoodworker.com/) throughout his career. By carefully selecting reclaimed wood slab pieces, Nakashima was able to make one-of-a-kind furniture pieces that are wildly collectible today. (If you are interested in an original Nakashima, check out listings on 1st Dibs (https://www.1stdibs.com/creators/george-nakashim...), the high-end auction site for architects and designers. You'll find prices can go up the high 5 figures for his live edge wood slabs table and bench designs.)

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Given the rarity and cost of original Nakashima furniture, today's architects and interior office designers looking to incorporate this design aesthetic into their office environments will commission a custom piece of furniture incorporating a reclaimed wood slab.

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Here are three of the top reasons our customers choose Formaspace to handcraft their live edge furniture projects.

Make a Signature Design Statement:

There's no question about it. Specifying live edge furniture for the office sends a powerful message about your company and your brand. Live edge furniture is not for the meek. It makes a powerful, engaging, eye-catching, memorable, and unique statement.

On Trend Aesthetic Design Elements:

Prevailing design trends make live edge furniture the right choice, thanks to its use of unique, one-of-a-kind recycled natural materials that incorporate popular mid-century modern design aesthetics and biophilic design elements.

Commitment to Sustainability:

Reclaimed wood slab tables, desks, countertops, and conference tables tell a story about your company's commitment to sustainable business practices that are hard to ignore. Formaspace takes this very seriously. Unlike some of our competitors — who have been found to be harvesting virgin trees in sensitive forests (such as those in Brazil) — we only supply wood for live edge projects from local American trees that have fallen due to natural causes.

Live edge furniture design brings you closer to nature and makes you feel like a part of it.

— Philip Mayes, Formaspace Wood Shop Foreman


As a heritage manufacturer of custom furniture for the industrial furniture market, Formaspace has the requisite experience and expertise in making durable custom furniture for the office market. Our clients include top Fortune 100 and Fortune 500 companies, from Google to Capital One, as well as many of the new start-up companies based to here in our hometown of Austin, Texas, in the SF Bay Area, and across the country.

Our thorough ordering and quality manufacturing processes make it easy to order hand-crafted furniture products that will last for years and years. (Ask about our no-questions-asked 12-year guarantee (https://formaspace.com/support/guarantee/).)

It's also important to note Formaspace has the capacity to scale up your custom order (https://formaspace.com/3d-workbench-configurator/) as needed. For example, a recent project we completed for Capital One was for thousands of custom desks for their Bay Area tech operations.

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