Bellarine Beach HouseContemporary Dining Room, Geelong
photography by Nikole Ramsay
What Houzz contributors are saying:
2. TimberTimber gains eco credentials if it’s sustainably grown. The main thing to know if you plan to use timber in an environmentally friendly build is that trees absorb carbon dioxide – a greenhouse gas. However, when timber is felled, these gases are naturally encapsulated in the timber and further locked in through the building and sealing process, meaning the timber no longer emits carbon dioxide into the atmosphere – or your home.This is a massive plus if you’ve chosen sustainably grown timber, but not so much if you’re using timbers that have been cut down from a natural forest where no re-planting occurs.Tip: Keen to take it one step further? Aim to use recycled timber. Not only is it beautiful, but repurposing timber is kind to the earth.Eco Cred: How to Buy Responsibly Sourced Timber
Timber veneer: Furniture made from timber veneer has a thin layer of real hardwood applied to a base of a less expensive material such as plywood. Veneer has the look and feel of solid timber and is available in a wide range of timber finishes. It weighs and costs less than solid timber, but features the natural grains, texture and detailing of the real thing.
The original had a solid wood frame and veneer seat and back and, like much of Wegner’s work, its light and graceful form belies its robust construction. The contemporary CH33 has fabric or leather upholstery and mix-and- match wood frames. Functionally, it could work as either a dining chair or a sculptural addition to any room.Is mid-century modern here to stay?
RectangleA rectangular table is the most traditional of choices but works just as well in a modern setting as it does in one that’s steeped in history. MAKE IT BETTER: If your space lends itself to a rectangular table, don’t be afraid of choosing one that’s on the narrow side. Even a table that’s 70 centimetres wide will allow space for shared dishes in the middle of the table and, best of all, will bring your dining mates closer together. The danger in having a rectangular table that’s also on the wide side is that it will feel overly formal and impersonal, rather than the warm and welcoming space you want it to be.CH33 chairs
Will I get sick of a particular trend?Trends work in cycles and often in rebellions. If metallic wallpaper is all the rage, you can bet that the opposite – a crisp timber cladding – will be the next trend. It is exciting to follow trends, and even more self satisfying to be an early adopter or forecaster, but it is important you ensure your love affair with a trend you are adopting in your home isn’t a fleeting one.
What Houzzers are commenting on:
“Think about the shape of your room as well as how to best facilitate conversation when you’re choosing a table – some tables make it impossible to talk to anyone but the person seated next to you. A relatively narrow table like this one, however, can open up conversations with many different people, so the risk of a guest getting stuck talking about something they have little interest in is vastly reduced.” 70cm
less the image but what was written up as reminder: Rectangular - A rectangular table is the most traditional choice but works just as well in a modern setting as it does in one that’s steeped in history. Make it better: If your space lends itself to a rectangular table, don’t be afraid to choose one that’s on the narrow side. Even a table that’s 28 inches wide will allow space for shared dishes in the middle of the table and, best of all, will bring your dining mates closer together.