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Design Trend: This Classic 70’s Beauty Is Back

Design Trend: This Classic 70’s Beauty Is Back
Design Trend: This Classic 70’s Beauty Is Back

The creative process is never linear—it’s an emotional journey of twists and turns—but if I had to name one through-line, it would be that mistakes are inevitable. For me, the beauty always lies in the process and the “happy” errors we make along the way. In fact, they’re so commonplace, you learn to embrace them until you ultimately discover that failure is the only way forward. 

This is how I imagine the person felt when they first discovered burl wood. Perhaps in their process of cutting off the gnarly, diseased growth (known as the “burl”) from the tree, they had plans to throw it away until they discovered its beauty inside. The unique marble-like appearance of the burl wood is a result of small knots from dormant buds, fungi, viruses, insects, or injuries that put stress on the tree. In the same way diamonds are formed, nature once again proves that good things come from applying a little pressure now and again!

Popular in the 1920s Art Deco era, burl wood gained momentum throughout the Hollywood Regency age before reaching its peak in the 1970s. Now, we’re seeing a resurgence of interest in burl wood furniture and décor with people seeking its unique character to transform their home. Athena also has an affinity for the golden lumbar and positioned a beautiful antique burl wood table in the entryway of her Brooklyn townhouse

If you’re in love with burl wood furniture too then keep reading to shop some of our favorites (like this vintage square burl wood coffee table) and get the look at home. Please note, due to the rarity of this precious material, burl wood furniture is an investment but it’s a piece you will love for years to come (and bonus, it has great resale value too!).

CB2 Niche Burl Wood Console Table

For a narrow hallway or bedroom, this console table will add just the right amount of detail and visual interest.

CB2 Purl Rotating Side Table

Made from Italian mappa burl wood combined with the cylindrical shape of this side table with hidden storage makes it a classic piece you'll love to style for years to come.

CB2 Marisa Burl Wood Desk

This modern shape with rounded edges and chunky half-moon legs gives this vintage material a new life.

Crate & Barrel Mota Wood Media Console

This mappa burl veneer with clean lines and flush cabinet doors will be the highlight of any TV room.

Burke Decor Putnam Waterfall Edge Two-Tier Side Table

This burl wood side table with waterfall edge would sit pretty beside your bed or sofa in the living room.

Milo Baughman Burl Wood Side Table

When in doubt, go vintage. This stunning 1970s piece from the iconic Milo Baughman is a timeless piece you'll never tire of.

Antique Burl Wood Cedar Four-Leg Stool

This primitive four-legged stool is made from the burl of cedar wood and is the perfect accent for a living or bedroom.

CB2 Marq Square Burl Wood Tray

Display all your necessities in your home office in this chic, glossy burl wood tray.

Crate & Barrel Mota Closed Wood Bookcase

Your sentimental objects and books will complement the warm honey tones of this burl wood bookcase.

Mid Century Burl wood Cube End Table

Add some books and a sculpture to this burl wood pedestal and sit her in a lonely corner for instant wow factor.

1970s Laminate Wood Burl Mirrored Square Coffee Table

If you're looking for an investment piece, this gorgeous 1970s mirror burl wood table will make heads turn in any space.

1970s Milo Baughman Burl Wood Large Cube End Table

The darker finish of this burl wood cube end table will bring all the moody vibes.

CB2 Amati Burl Wood Entryway Cabinet

This multi-purpose cabinet in Italian Mappa burl wood is sure to be the hero piece of any home.

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