Friday, April 25, 2008
Faux Bois: A Knotty Introduction
Last year a friend introduced me to Faux Bois. "It's French for 'false wood' and it rhymes with fois gras," she said. I loved how it looked, all gnarled and knobby, resembling tree trunks and branches. It was popular in the 1930s, part of the "Art Moderne" style.
Now I own two pieces--a garden table, pictured above, and a planter. I filled it with rolled up washcloths.
I Googled "Faux Bois" and was shocked by its popularity. I found planters
and white votives from Gumps:
I love the fairytale table at Crate & Barrel:
Martha Stewart jumped on the Faux Bois bandwagon, teaming up with Horchow for a rug
and also with Macy's for linen
Wisteria has a quirky candle holder...
...and Ballard Designs offers a magazine rack that would be perfect in my office
Finally, since most Design Obsessed People are also Dish Obsessed, I love the tableware from Room Service
Is it a trend? Could be, but I think it's a classic. Still, it's like Brylcreem--a little dab will do ya.