The raw wood furniture exalts the irregular shapes, the veins and the colours of the raw wood, the objective is to achieve pieces that preserve an authentic style with the least possible intervention.
Since last year, it has managed to consolidate in the field of furniture and decoration a particularly striking style, based on pieces that evoke and exalt the naturalness of wood in its purest form.
This style has been called Raw to refer to raw material without treatment, without processes or manipulation. The furniture and accessories of this type lack to the maximum of industrial manufacture, rescue the value of the simple thing and take advantage of the forms, the irregular edges, the veins and the knots of the tree; and highlight the rough surfaces, wear, cracks and even defects of the wood.
Today this trend is not just a renovating alternative for furniture manufacturers, who can create unique pieces, with their own stamp and high added value; It also represents an opportunity for foresters and solid wood merchants to take full advantage of the material and minimize waste.
Do not forget that in sawmills it is common to discard or chipping some of the cut material; for example, those “imperfect” logs or irregularly shaped trees that do not comply with commercial formats. In these cases, the new trends, which value precisely the defects, are an alternative for the forester to expand his portfolio and benefit from all the possibilities offered by the forest.
The Raw trend is organic and contrasts with the artificial, and often this furniture retains the forms of roots, trunk and branches.
The origin of this concept is in the nutrition sector, in an effort to seek a healthier lifestyle, raw food promotes the consumption of raw and unprocessed foods. It is an approach that seeks a more sustainable, healthy and authentic lifestyle.
Taken to furniture, the rawness is found in the defects of material; In fact, imperfections are sought and highlighted with ageing and wear treatments.
The large Raw wooden planks are becoming the most prominent elements of the living rooms and dining rooms, just as they have been cut and polished by hand.
Teak wood is the most used for this type of furniture since it comes from tropical areas and has unparalleled qualities. With it, furniture of great resistance is made, even for outside, thanks to the antiseptic resin that it has and that protects it from the attack of termites or fungi.
The beauty of imperfections
The most representative pieces of this style are the dining and centre tables, the wooden stools, the paintings, the shelves, the benches or armchairs for bars, the headboards, the lamps and the decorative accessories.
A classic example of the Raw furniture is the auxiliary tables with log bases or the dining rooms with mesons made of planks or irregular logs, as they come out of the sawmill; all, furniture that does not follow a fixed pattern in its size or shape and that often, at first glance, look like a log, a board or a log, which have been cut, with cracks and porosities in sight, but already inside the decoration they become the star and protagonist element.
Here the wood is the protagonist and looks like in nature, without additives or disguises. The material maintains a natural colour and the most rustic and pure aspect possible, has rough textures and full of imperfections and unsuspected and surprising forms, which in the end contributes to the consolidation an original and elegant design.
Precisely, the success of these furniture lies in those “perfect imperfections” that make them unique and unrepeatable pieces; well, in nature nothing happens twice in the same way.
The raw planks of wood are becoming the most prominent elements of the salons and dining rooms, and this concept should not be confused with the rustic, industrial and vintage styles since all three are very different. On the one hand, the rustic style represents the robust wooden furniture, which reflects solidity and strength, straight lines and earthy colours, sometimes including decorations with fibres or natural fabrics.
Meanwhile, the industrial style stands out for exhibiting pieces that have their bare structures, built of iron or wood, showy electrical installations, furniture and accessories in pipes, with galvanized steel or rustic wood, which represent factory environments. While the vintage is about reviving designs that evoke the past; for example, the classic furniture of the twenties or the Pop Art furniture of the sixties.
This does not mean that the Raw style cannot be combined with others. The Raw style furniture can be combined in different ways, one that is being highlighted is the combination with minimalist furniture with more straight lines that gives, of this way, a special role in the Raw furniture.
In fact, in many ways, the Raw concept is consistent with other styles such as Balinese furniture, inspired by the nature of the island of Bali. Like the Raw, the Balinese decoration conveys warmth through earth colours and natural materials, it is even common in both to use log and plank tables, or to manufacture lamps and chairs from branches.
To the eye of an inexperienced one, this tendency can be confused with a rustic, industrial or vintage decoration style, but this is a mistake. The Raw style lies in integrating wooden furniture with imperfect components and shapes, without the intervention of industrial processes.