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Jan 24 2013

For the love of live-edge slabs

By KC

One enduring design trend that we love is the live-edge slab. As individual as the tree that yielded it, this natural cut of wood retains the unique lines of the trunk along one or two edges, giving each finished piece a completely one-of-a-kind profile.

While people have certainly been using slabs of wood as work surfaces for millennia, the modern live-edge look dates back to the 1940's, when famed furniture designer George Nakashima first introduced it in his collection for Knoll.  His passion for nature is clearly expressed in the highlighting of the uniqueness of each piece of wood.

These days, live-edge is commonly used for dining and conference tables, coffee and console tables, bar tops, reception desks, and some positively dreamy headboards. While it is often executed in a rustic way, the organic element of the wild edge provides relief from the hard materials commonly used in modern design. It pairs especially well with bare concrete and helps soften the lines in a harshly linear space.

We keep live-edge slabs in stock in Portland, ready to be transformed into your work of art. Click here for the available species.  We also have more photos of recent installations posted on our gallery.