Choosing to share your home with solid wood furniture represents more than a functional investment. It’s a way to slow down, to bring a bit of therapeutic nature into your daily life, to connect with calmness and the peaceful comfort of longevity. Something that was once a towering tree; alive and vibrant, unique in color and pattern, can become an exquisite experience for you to enjoy every day – to treasure forever and then pass down. Like the rings within its trunk, the look of wood will mature in its beauty over time, changing with your seasons, acting as witness to your years, and those of generations yet to come.
Kyle Cook is a custom furniture maker in Brooklyn. He primarily works with domestic wood, trying to use as much reclaimed stock as possible – mainly salvaged from storm damage. Kyle looks at trees and sees potential pieces of furniture within. He sees a journey about to happen for a piece of wood, perhaps thought abandoned, soon to renew its life in another form, beautiful and loved.
As wood is the ultimate renewable, using timber in interior design is not only easy on the eye but environmentally friendly. Rather than being discarded after a fall, a tree can be saved, used and reconfigured, or ultimately, recycled. In fact, choosing timber in design and construction can even help tackle climate change as trees absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and store it in their wood.
In itself, the process of custom-built furniture demands a sense of slowing down. It doesn’t arrive the next day. There’s a patience, a respect for the work of hands, the craftsmanship and the time it takes to create something of true and authentic beauty.