Call me a puritan but I prefer natural products to plastic ones. Not in a join-a-militant-environmentalist-faction-and-grow-excessive-body-hair kind of way. Although I do agree with the idea of protecting the earth and its little animal inhabitants. My attraction is more to the level of craft involved in making natural products and the distinct tactile quality they have. Here are a couple of wooden things that have caught my eye…
Stationary gets me really excited. Lame but true. Urban Outfitters (USA) has recently released a range of wooden stationary. My favourites are the wooden stapler and the wooden postcard which you can engrave! If only they shipped to South Africa.
Norwegian furniture designer Amy Hunting uses the concept of recycling in a sophisticated and refined manner with her Patchwork series. The series utilises wood off-cuts to create chairs, lampshades and a book box. The variety of wood colours and wood grains create a beautifully textured and coloured final product.
3. Designer Toys
Noferin’s Pecanpals are made from 100% sustainably harvested wood. They are hand-crafted. And they are very cool.
London jewelry designers Tatty Devine make some lovely wooden earrings and brooches. Their latest collection is inspired by leisure pursuits. I think the ping pong earrings were cleverly quirky. But I have a weakness for the whale brooch and the antler necklace.