The Edgy Design Trend That's Making a Serious Comeback

Updated 09/11/18
Burl Wood Furniture
Elizabeth Roberts

Many of the world's greatest artists have shown us the brilliance and beauty in flaws. Leonard Koren writes about wabi-sabi, a Japanese aesthetic and art form, as "the beauty of things imperfect," and Leonard Cohen reminds us to "forget your perfect offering/There's a crack in everything/That's how the light gets in." When it comes to interior design trends, there's no better proof than burl wood furniture.

You may be surprised to discover that this grain of wood gets its intriguing, kaleidoscopic swirls from a mutation, usually manifesting as an outgrowth of a tree trunk after some form of stress. While born out of imperfection and mutation, the marbled twists of wood exude a striking, meditative warmth, bringing more depth to any space they enter. Because this type of wood is rare and difficult to work with, it carries a unique blend of rustic vibes and modern elegance. If you find inspiration in nature and love layering rich materials to create a nature-inspired texturescape, this interior design trend belongs in your home.

Shop our edit of burl wood furniture and décor we're loving right now.

Vintage Burl Wood Dresser $4500
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High-impact white lacquer against the rich burl wood veneer gives this dresser a one-of-a-kind look. It belongs in a room where people will be able to admire its beauty. 

Maple Burl Wood Sculpture
Stinson Studios Maple Burl Wood Sculpture $3500
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If you like the burl wood trend but prefer more raw and rustic pieces as opposed to the common glossy look, this one is for you. Use it as coffee table décor or a catch-all for your odds and ends. 

Exotic Burl Wood Gallery Picture Frame
Exotic Burl Wood Gallery Picture Frame $95 $65
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Update your average wood frames to a burl wood option for some extra quirk and texture. 

Studio Ashby Block Face Mirror $2337
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Propped up by a burl wood block, this is easily the chicest makeup mirror we've ever seen. In fact, it's more like a work of art made all the more beautiful by the jagged, natural asymmetry. 

burl wood large storage box
CB2 Burl Wood Large Storage Box $25
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Whether you need to get your surfaces organized in the entryway, living room, or home office, this small storage box will do the trick. 

Modernist Wood + Lacquer Nightstand - Night Sky
West Elm Modernist Wood + Lacquer Nightstand $399
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The contrast between the glossy navy blue paint and burl wood drawers create an interesting juxtaposition. It also has a nice retro vibe. 

Olivia & May Teak Wood Burl Accent Table $154
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Use this stool as a side table or as extra seating in the living room. It'll also look stylish perched under a console table in the entryway. 

Kristin Victoria Barron Cenotaph Lamp Minor $2705
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This is not your average light. Inspired by burl wood design, this bronze table lamp boasts a sophisticated, moody feel, just in time for fall. 

Vintage Burl Wood Floating Cube Cocktail Table $1900
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Bold yet timeless, this floating cube burl wood coffee table will complement a variety of living rooms. 

Olive Wood Rustic Cutting Board
West Elm Olive Wood Rustic Cutting Board $59 $39
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Why use a regular old cutting board when you can have one like this? 

aqua virgo burl dining table
CB2 Aqua Virgo Burl Dining Table $699
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Spacious yet slim, this dark burl wood dining table manages to be both understated and bold. 

Burl Wood Rectangular Tray
CB2 Burl Wood Rectangular Tray $50
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Breakfast in bed or bathroom organization solution, at your service. 

Burl Wood Cedar Lined Trunk
CB2 Burl Wood Cedar Lined Trunk $899 $679
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Speaking of smart storage solutions, this is the perfect trunk to tuck away toys in the playroom or blankets and throws in the bedroom and living room. 

Studio Ashby XO Live Edge Desk $11641
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This raw edge desk is going to be the most showstopping piece in sight wherever it goes. The rounded leg is such an interesting contrast against the clean-lined lucite base and jagged surface. 

Wisteria Oslo Burl Wood Side Table $699
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Minimalist, sleek, and clean-lined, light blonde burl wood strikes a nice balance between intensity and gentleness. It would look perfect as a bedside table. 

Jonathan Adler Bond Desk $2950
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Here's another stylish desk that makes a case for the lucite and burl wood duo. 

Milan Oval Resin Wall Mirror $143
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Above the console table or the sink in a powder room, this organic burl wood oval mirror would look beautiful in a nature-inspired home or beach house. 

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