Many of the world's greatest artists have shown us the brilliance and beauty in flaws. Author Leonard Koren writes about wabi-sabi, a Japanese aesthetic and art form, roughly translated as "the beauty of things imperfect." And singer-songwriter 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 of this perspective than with burl wood furniture.
What Is Burl Wood?
On a tree, a burl is a deformed growth on a trunk or branch that creates intricate growth ring patterns that can look like swirls or multiple eyes.
This type of wood gets its intriguing, kaleidoscopic swirls from a mutation, which usually manifests as an outgrowth of a tree trunk after some form of stress. While burl wood is 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 textured space, this interior design trend belongs in your home. Here's what we're loving right now.
The rich walnut burl wood veneer paired with 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.
Use this minimalist handmade piece by World Market as a side table, a laptop table, or a stylishly perched console table in an entryway.
This is not your average lamp. Inspired by burl wood design, this bronze table lamp boasts a sophisticated, moody feel.
Bold, yet timeless, this burled cube end table will complement a variety of living rooms.
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 burl desk with rounded edges is going to be the most show-stopping piece in sight wherever it goes. The half-moon legs paired with the clean lines and neutral tones make this desk the perfect vintage-meets-modern centerpiece for anywhere from offices to entryways.
Minimalist, sleek, and clean-lined, dark 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.