Wood inlay has existed as a form of decoration for centuries, practiced in various countries and cultures at different points in time. This form of decoration continues to this day, maintaining the same level of elegance and artistry that it has evoked for years.
One of the most famous pieces of furniture inlay was made during 15th century Europe for Federico da Montefeltro in his Ducal Palace at Urbino (pictured on the right). The wood inlay was extremely intricate, displaying various objects interacting with one another and forced perspective. The charm of wood inlay derives from the ability to depict objects and shapes as if they are protruding from a furniture’s surface but are in fact flat to the touch. The various combination of wood and how they interact with one another provides a play on perspective; making a piece of furniture stand out even more.
This process in decoration is extremely detailed and requires hours of labor in order to correctly apply the various pieces of wood. Pieces of furniture with wood inlay add an additional decorative element to any home. Instead of opting for just wood finishes, adding a product of a similar medium with the added design of the inlay can make a great addition.
The contrasting tones of wood melding together to create a singular piece of furniture, give the piece more depth as perspective plays a huge role in its design. Even a minimalist design, like the table by Angelo Cappellini pictured above, can provide depth and a certain atmosphere to any room.