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.
This rich walnut burl wood veneer paired against antique brass hardware gives this dresser a classic and regal look. It belongs in a room where people will be able to admire its beauty.
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.
Update your average wood frames to a burl wood option for some extra quirk and texture.
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.
The contrast between the black lacquer and burl wood drawers create an interesting juxtaposition. It also has a nice retro vibe.
Use this minimalist handmade piece by World Market as a side table, laptop table, or stylishly perched as a console table in the entryway.
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.
Bold yet timeless, this burled cube coffee table will complement a variety of living rooms.
Why use a regular old cutting board when you can have one like this?
Spacious yet slim, this dark burl wood dining table manages to be both understated and bold.
Breakfast in bed or bathroom organization solution, at your service.
Speaking of smart storage solutions, this is the perfect cabinet to tuck away odds and ends in the bedroom and living room.
This rounded edge burl desk is going to be the most show-stopping piece in sight wherever it goes. The half moon legs paired against the clean-lines and neutral tones make this desk the perfect vintage-meets-modern centerpiece for everywhere from offices to entryways.
Minimalist, sleek, and clean-lined, darl burl wood strikes a nice balance between intensity and gentleness. It would look perfect as a bedside table.
Here's another stylish desk that makes a case for the lucite and burl wood duo.
Above the console table or the sink in a powder room, this organic burl wood mirror would look beautiful in a nature-inspired home or beach house.