“Priceless things matter not for their value, but because they offer us an enduring reminder of stability and permanence.” (Barbara Taylor Bradford)
The craftsmanship that went into creating objects 100 years ago is something that has largely disappeared in our mass-production world. At NakedWood, we want to capture the slower pace of a bygone period. We cherish the time, skill and pride of craftsmen who selected just the right piece of wood for its grain and colour, to be carved by hand, dove-tailed, inlaid, polished.
Given that our antiques have been handed down through several generations, they may carry the marks of age and everyday use. These are part of their charm and are what makes them precious and unique. We try to source pieces that have survived intact, with only minor signs of age. Some may have been sensitively repaired during their life-time, but the essential character of the original object has been preserved.
The exuberant style of the mid-century had more staying power than anyone imagined” (Cara Greenberg)
For the best introduction to mid-century modern, we can recommend Cara Greenberg’s wonderful book Mid-Century Modern: Furniture of the 1950s. We love the clean, organic lines and urban edge to many of the items created between the 1930s and 1960s. It was a period in which the concept of democracy in design was taken seriously, with many Danish designers driving the trend. Domestic objects such as a humble chair, a jug, or a tray could now make a design statement.
Mid-century modern always evokes a sense of style that is still fresh today. The pieces we have sourced for NakedWood have warm teak tones. Representative of their era, they are timeless, crafted with an elegant simplicity that fits well in the 21st century.
“To select well among old things is almost equal to inventing new ones.” (Nicholas Charles)
The vintage items we stock date approximately from the 1970s. Often they could be described as retro, old-school, hipster, rockabilly, shabby chic. They are objects that don’t belong to any particular style category but which are familiar to us because they probably form part of our childhood memories, having been used in our parents’ or grandparents' homes. They are distinctively from an older era with a classic, enduring appeal.
When sourcing vintage objects for NakedWood, we try to select high quality pieces that still speak to us from the past. We look for gently worn items that have a soft, distressed look which has evolved from natural wear and tear. If you are after that special piece that will complement the effortless sense of style in your home, our vintage collection is your next port of call.
“A society is defined not only by what it creates, but by what it refuses to destroy” (John C. Sawhill)
This is where we get creative as well as environmentally friendly. Sometimes we just fall in love with the story behind the objects we find, even when that story no longer seems relevant to modern living. We have a soft spot for what was once useful, and believe that by repairing wooden objects of former utility, surprising them with bright colours and fabrics, adding découpage and other craft techniques, we can redefine these nostalgic pieces and inject new life into them. Transformed, they will be a talking-point in your home as well as being useful once again.
The make-overs are done in our workshop. We use organic paints whenever possible, and lots of elbow grease.