Natural selection

New home designs provide a totally organic experience

TRD New York /
Jul.July 04, 2014 07:00 AM

“Farm fresh” and “all natural” aren’t just buzzwords for the dinner table — they should be guiding principles for decorating an upscale, modern home. Today’s nature-inspired furnishings and décor are hip, high-tech and light years away from the fuddy-duddy floral prints of yesteryear: Think a lampshade inspired by leaves — designed for LED bulbs and courtesy of a 3D printer — or a massive speaker that looks like a beautiful butterfly but delivers some serious bass. Whether you’re designing brand-new digs or you’re just looking to refresh your living space, read on for some savvy ways to transform your home into a force of nature.

Charred chic

Straight outta Brooklyn but employing an ancient Japanese technique, Hono Stools from Uhuru Design are a perfect amalgam of minimalism and naturalism. Using a traditional method of preserving wood by charring it, these multipurpose pieces — part of a limited edition of 25 — are crafted from reclaimed cedar poles from the Pacific Northwest. From $1,250;

Big audio dynamite

Size matters, according to Jonathan Weiss, CEO and founder of Oswalds Mill Audio — and looks count, too. For truly big sound that makes your heart flutter, invest in these beautiful, sculptural Monarch speakers, crafted from Pennsylvania hardwood. There’s a brain behind the beauty: The butterfly’s wings are baffles, engineered to extend the low frequency response — meaning you can expect concert-hall style sound from a museum-quality piece. From $7,200 a pair;

A new leaf

Modern technology meets Mother Earth. With a shade made of nylon printed by a 3D printer, the CP3d Blowing Leaves Pendant #1 from CP Lighting is designed to diffuse the light cast from an LED bulb.The organic, leaf-like shade of the pendant lamp casts dappled light and shadows, “like direct sunlight through a canopy of trees.” From $320;

Time flies

If you think traditional timepieces are for the birds, check out the unique Swallow Clock from Haoshi Design. Instead of ho-hum numbers, the kinetic clock features a dozen individually mounted swallows, made of resin, that marry “the aesthetics of movement and silence.” Pretty tweet. $170;

Wild style

Designed by Kravitz Design — yes, as in Lenny Kravitz — the Feroz wallpaper from Flavor Paper depicts jungle flora so bold and graphic that it “hides monkeys and jaguars peering out from their natural habitat.” The fierce pattern is available in a variety of colors or, like all Flavor Paper wall coverings, can be customized for a real tropical treat. Rawr! From $250 a roll;

Park it

National Park pillows from Pendleton Woolen Mills offer up a taste of a retro-fabulous, country-chic vibe. The cover is made of 100% organic cotton and the hand-embroidered design — which takes more than a week to sew — depicts iconic landmarks of four great Western parks: Yosemite, Yellowstone, Glacier and Grand Canyon. $158;

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