Belgian Design: Solid Wood by Ethnicraft

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Ethnicraft, furniture, wood furniture, solid wood, Belgian Design, Belgium, Antwerp, Function + Form

Ethnicraft, furniture, wood furniture, solid wood, Belgian Design, Belgium, Antwerp, Function + Form

Last month I had the pleasure to join the fourth edition of the blogger meet-up ‘Function + Form’. This time a bunch of  European bloggers experienced Antwerp in Belgium and Belgian design. I was one of them and I will start a mini series about ‘Belgian Design’ today. Ethnicraft, a furniture maker focused on solid wood, inaugurates the new design series.

Ethnicraft, furniture, wood furniture, solid wood, Belgian Design, Belgium, Antwerp, Function + Form

Ethnicraft, furniture, wood furniture, solid wood, Belgian Design, Belgium, Antwerp, Function + Form

Ethnicraft, furniture, wood furniture, solid wood, Belgian Design, Belgium, Antwerp, Function + Form

The Belgian brand Ethnicraft unites a few factors that are dear to my heart: natural material, sustainability, timeless design. The moment you see a furniture piece by Ethnicraft, you know it was designed to last. And once you had the chance to touch it, you know it will last. Their furniture is made of solid wood – oak, teak, and walnut.

Ethnicraft, furniture, wood furniture, solid wood, Belgian Design, Belgium, Antwerp, Function + Form

Ethnicraft, furniture, wood furniture, solid wood, Belgian Design, Belgium, Antwerp, Function + Form

Ethnicraft, furniture, wood furniture, solid wood, Belgian Design, Belgium, Antwerp, Function + Form

Wood has always been the core material for Ethnicraft. And as a natural material, wood is certainly a good option for your home. Did you know that wood, like any other natural and porous material, continues to absorb and release humidity throughout its life? Isn’t that wonderful? And now think of plastic furniture! No thank you!

Ethnicraft, furniture, wood furniture, solid wood, Belgian Design, Belgium, Antwerp, Function + Form

Ethnicraft, furniture, wood furniture, solid wood, Belgian Design, Belgium, Antwerp, Function + Form

Ethnicraft, furniture, wood furniture, solid wood, Belgian Design, Belgium, Antwerp, Function + Form

Moreover, furniture made of solid wood has so much character. Variations in wood grain, texture and colour are inherent in solid wood. To me, these imperfections make a piece of furniture just perfect. And as if I wasn’t already convinced of Ethnicraft, I learned in Antwerp that there oak furniture is made of Serbian oak in Serbia. Double love! Teak is sourced in Indonesia and walnut in America and all three come from sustainable sources and forests.

Ethnicraft, furniture, wood furniture, solid wood, Belgian Design, Belgium, Antwerp, Function + Form

Ethnicraft, furniture, wood furniture, solid wood, Belgian Design, Belgium, Antwerp, Function + Form

Ethnicraft, furniture, wood furniture, solid wood, Belgian Design, Belgium, Antwerp, Function + Form

In Antwerp I had the opportunity to see and feel the Ethnicraft furniture. It is truly beautiful – the design is simple, clean and fits every home. The wood is just amazing – touching real, solid wood is a pleasure for your senses. You feel and see the furniture with the tips of your fingers. With your skin. And that adds so much warmth and character to a home.

Ethnicraft, furniture, wood furniture, solid wood, Belgian Design, Belgium, Antwerp, Function + Form

Ethnicraft, furniture, wood furniture, solid wood, Belgian Design, Belgium, Antwerp, Function + Form

Ethnicraft, furniture, wood furniture, solid wood, Belgian Design, Belgium, Antwerp, Function + Form

My personal favorites are the Osso stool, the Tripod coffee table in walnut, the Pop stool, and the Circle dining table. The next time I am in need of new furniture, I sense that some Belgian design will move in with me. Let’s see!

Photography via Ethnicraft

 

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  • Reply Yvonne November 10, 2016 at 21:58

    Truly beautiful!

    • Reply Igor November 10, 2016 at 23:45

      Isn’t it, Yvonne! And timeless!

  • Reply Anya from Simply Danish Living November 11, 2016 at 21:00

    I always love seeing new stuff, from new places and designers. Brilliant. Hope you had a fab trip Igor, it looked fab with a great bunch of cool bloggers 😉
    Have a great weekend.
    Ax

    • Reply Igor November 13, 2016 at 23:06

      It was a wonderful trip Anya – you saw the group of great people, how couldn’t it be great! And it was pretty interesting to discover Antwerp as a city (soon more on the blog) and Belgian designers and design right there. I love Ethnicraft’s simple design aesthetics and the focus on natural materials. It’s the kind of furniture you want to touch all day long as it feels so good under your finger tips!

  • Reply Annekathrin Koch November 12, 2016 at 17:28

    Nice pic! I like your choice.

    • Reply Igor November 13, 2016 at 19:57

      Thank you Annekathrin!

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