If you’re familiar with George Nakashima, you most likely already know about live edge furniture. The famous woodworker and architect made the style known in the 1940s when he pieced together his first slab tabletop with unfinished (or “live”) edges, making the style popular in mid-century modern homes.
Today, this trending furniture style can be found in a range of rooms from rustic to contemporary. Live edge wood is easy to identify, too. The edge of a tabletop, for example, will feature the rough, untouched texture of a tree’s surface (typically with the bark removed). A combination of oil and shellac give these pieces a high-end shine and protect from deterioration over time.
Bring this trending, au naturel style into your home with our ideas below. We think the imperfections are, well, perfect.
Live Edge Dining Tables
A live edge table is a unique way to mix-up your dining room. Its natural appeal adds a welcomed contrast to formal, upholstered dining chairs, and sleek metal legs add a bit of industrial style.
Live Edge Benches
If your dining room allows, a live edge bench is an easy way to incorporate a rustic element into your space as well. (We love to mix-and-match seating.) Or, if you prefer, try a live edge bench in your mudroom or entryway.
Live Edge Accent Chairs
Live edge accent chairs are rustic, sophisticated, and versatile. Create a global setting with an Aztec-inspired rug and woven décor or group with interesting wall art for an eclectic look.
Live Edge Coffee Tables
Modern and transitional living rooms set a great stage for live edge coffee tables. Stick to neutral colors and toss in an agate throw pillow to complete this earth-inspired look.
Live Edge End Tables
Live edge end tables look right at home next to traditional sofas and arm chairs. If you’re looking to get creative, try one as a plant stand or foot rest.