Live edge furniture draws inspiration from nature. Why is it called live edge? Because this furniture style displays the natural edge of the wood after the bark is removed. Knots, holes and spaces are all displayed, revealing the unique character of the tree the wood came from. It’s outdoorsy, natural and edgy yet elegant and warm.
Live edge wood furniture brings the raw beauty of the outdoors inside, providing an organic character within your home décor. Exuding warmth and a rustic appeal, the live edge is showcased beautifully in our Amish made designs from live edge coffee tables to live edge dining tables and benches. Live edges are loved for the way they share the story of a tree with an organic, all-natural look.
A live edge is the natural edge of the wood after the bark is cut and removed. No two pieces of live edge wood are alike. You’ll find things like knots, holes and spaces in live edge wood that were present in the tree. Live edges create all kinds of shapes.
Exceptional craftsmanship combined with this natural gift from trees creates rugged, durable live edge wood furniture that displays the story of a tree right within your home. Sometimes woodworkers will fill in the spaces that are open in a live edge piece with resin to create an even surface, or they can be left open.
Live edge wood is not tamed and features different shapes. Some live edge wood slabs are such works of art people use them as just that, hanging them up on walls. Live edge wood is used to make all kinds of furniture, including tables, chairs, storage pieces, beds, bookcases and desks. Live edges are also used to make doors, counters and mantles.
Live edge furniture with its natural, edgy look and rugged appeal, makes a good fit for rustic style rooms as well as contemporary ones. In a contemporary space, a live edge look is a popular choice to create balance in a room. Wood furniture has a classic, timeless appeal and this is true for live edge furniture.
That credit goes to George Nakashima who was a woodworker, architect and furniture maker. His innovative designs with live edge wood came out of the Arts and Crafts Movement of the early 1900s that valued fine craftsmanship and the beauty of a natural form. He made it popular, leaving the natural edge of the wood on his pieces to show off its rugged and raw natural state.
Live edge furniture displays live edge wood that celebrates its imperfections while offering the strength and durability of solid wood furniture. With nature at the helm, each piece of live edge furniture offers a one-of-a-kind masterpiece.