Dark with a distinctive, unique grain pattern — these are a couple of the characteristics that make walnut one of the most prized woods for furniture making. Thanks to the wood’s durability, walnut furniture is often the stuff of heirlooms, withstanding generations of lives and love.
The Fuji table from Porada is a stunning example of the gorgeous grain patterns you can have in walnut furniture. The round canaletta walnut piece is has a solid edge made of 12 panels that encircle a central decorative. The hole in the middle can hold a matching lazy Susan or serve as a vase. The base is crafted from a sole wood panel with 12 folding cuts, and it is weighted down with bronzoro varnished metal at the bottom.
Walnut is the only dark wood from North America, according to Vermont Wood Studios. The color is typically a deep chocolate that sometimes tends to purple tones, with some walnut having a yellowish cast when it comes from the outer parts of the tree. The are many species with a variety of common names, but American Walnut from the eastern Black Walnut tree is the type used for furniture.Vermont Wood Studios says that much of the U.S. black walnut wood comes from Ohio, Indiana and other mid-North American states.
Designs that showcase the wood grain are perfect for walnut. Georgetti’s low round coffee table is a grand example of a construction that lets the wood shine. The geometry of the table’s shape lends itself to the straight grain. Crafted entirely by hand from the finest cabaletta walnut, the coffee table features black nickel finished metal inserts that bisect the large circle.
Porada’s Dalida bookcase features a solid canaletta walnut frame and shelves that can be lacquered in polyester or left in the natural walnut color. Striations in the wood enhance the look of walnut furniture and over time, this kind of wood can develop a lustrous sheen and finish. It’s highly prized not just for its look but also for its ability to be carved, according to The Lumbershack.
Modern walnut furniture designs are especially appealing. The smooth lines and deep curves that are possible make a spectacular base for a glass topped table, like this Circe table from Prada. Combined with a clear top, the table base becomes the focal point of the dining area.
Walnut furniture is very durable, partially because of its resilience to changes in the environment, according to the UK Oak Furniture House. Walnut won’t shrink or swell as easily as other woods, such as in humid weather. It also is quite water-resistant so spills won’t leave a mark as long as they are cleaned up promptly. This makes it appropriate for dining tables, such as this Trunk table from Porada. The table has tempered glass atop the solid canaletta walnut frame and base covered in canaletta walnut on a bronzoro metal plate.
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