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Driftwood, Cork, Rattan, Oh My! Organic Materials Are All the Rage

Get on board with this runway-ready trend, just in time for summer.

By Helena Madden
on the left is a model draped in a coral slinky dress wearing a large hat that covers her head that looks like a beige sea urchin and on the right is a pendant light that look just like the hat as a beige sea urchin
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While wood has long been a go-to material in furniture, fresh new work shows that designers are branching out, making use of coconut shells, agave fibers, and more. It’s a trend that feels perfectly timed to the spring season, as we swap out lacquer and chrome finishes for those that feel more a part of the great outdoors. Some of these pieces, like designer Joyce Lin’s Root Chair, reflect their materiality in their form; others, like Grain’s playful Clover table made with cork, are more discreet. This nature-centric wave persists in fashion, too, where raffia hats and breezy silhouettes have hit the Jacquemus and Dior runways, respectively. Here, we’ve rounded up a few of our favorite chairs, tables, mirrors and more that will help give your home the “natural look.”


Ash Wood

blue wood table with a hand finial on the end of the cross bar and a foot at the end of one of the legs
Joseph Kramm

Hand Foot console. 48" w. x 16" d. x 33" h.



Red Travertine

pin stone looking seat
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Stone Seat Grooved by Ian Collings. 10" w. x 13" d. x 18" h.

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Ash Wood

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Sougi table by Carlès & Demarquet. 47" w. x 24" d. x 34" h.


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Beech Rods

green spikey chair that looks like a sea anemone

Sea Anemone 28 side table by Pia Maria Raeder. 20" w. x 22" d. x 26" h.



Dyed Agave Fibers

black furry chair
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Black Furry armchair by Fernando Laposse. 47" w. x 40" d. x 27" h.



Driftwood and Walnut

wood chair with back and drapes that look like tree roots coming from the seat base and back
Joseph Kramm

Root chair by Joyce Lin. 30" w. x 29" d. x 34" h.


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Coconut Shells

black oval mirror with short fringe encircling it
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Colette mirror. 29" w. x 4" d. x 41" h.

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dark and light brown table in a checkerboard pattern but with rounded corners instead
Ben Blood

Clover table by Grain. 36" w. x 15" d. x 16" h.

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pendant light that looks like a sea urchin
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Sea Urchin pendant. 45" dia. x 20" h.


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model walking the runway in a rattan dress and long braids

Dior’s floral, lacy spring 2023 runway epitomized the natural vibe.



model in pink dress wearing a headpiece that covers her face and looks like a beige sea urchin but is very couture 1950s like
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Jacquemus paired dramatic raffia hats with its sleek spring silhouettes.

Helena Madden
Associate Market Editor

Helena Madden is ELLE DECOR’s associate market editor, and covers all things product and trend, from flatware and furnishings to kitchen and bath. She previously worked as a staff writer at Robb Report, where she covered luxury news with a focus on interior design.

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