The popularity of wood is on the increase, both as an interior design choice and, thanks to growing numbers of CLT constructions in North America and northern Europe, as a structural material. With the numerous advantages it offers in terms of sustainability and flexibility, this ancient material is undergoing a true renaissance. Wood not only provides elevated safety levels in earthquakes but also contributes to domestic comfort thanks to its hygroscopic and sound insulation properties.
All these factors mean that wood can help create healthy living environments in any setting. To showcase some of these unique features, we’ve handpicked a selection of five interior design projects that all center on wood.
The new owner of an old apartment in southern Paris went looking for an architect for an ambitious project: to transform a 540 square foot (50 m2) studio apartment into a home for a family of five.
To make the apartment feel more spacious, all joinery was made using Polish pine. Very light pine was used for the floor to optimize natural light.
The idea of enclosing interior spaces in a shell became an opportunity to celebrate natural light and flora as well as showcase wood as a durable, living material. In the backyard, the vertical walls and soffits that make up the new roof are covered with planks of western red cedar. To strengthen the relationship between interior and exterior, the same wood was also used inside the home. The white oak floors, in the same shade as the walls and ceilings, impart an inviting, warm character to the rooms.
Step inside Casa NARF and its midnight blue wallpaper, its furniture and kitchen with teak and painted white surfaces, and its teak floors all bring the sea to mind. Glass doors set flush to the walls add to the feeling of being in a space in which each element, although fixed, seems to be connected to the next, as if space itself is liquid.
The heart of this apartment is the sitting room with its towering bookcases and the kitchen with its meals area. The bedrooms are located at opposite ends of the long floor plan. Although the master bedroom opens directly onto the living area, it remains an intimate space, with a dressing room and ensuite bathroom. The stylish, upbeat nature of its early 20th century building has been replicated in the apartment.
The identity of this project was the result of mixing East and West, with the residence striking a balance between a blend of different influences, styles, and materials.
One of the key elements of the design is its integrated furniture on the ground floor. This hybrid space was a response to the need to create both storage and an office in the home’s living area. APPAREIL Architecture designed the stylish wooden furniture for both efficiency and to skillfully optimize the available space.
Atelier, Nomadic Architecture Studio
photo by Tim Van de Velde
Pearl House. MXMA Architecture & Design
Casa NARF, m12 AD
photo by Giuseppe Volpe
Prague, Czech Republic
photo by Studio Flusser
Phénix Hous, Architettura APPAREIL
photo by Félix Michaud