The Dezeen guide to wood in architecture, interiors and design

Thinking of using timber in your architecture or design project? Our guide to 15 of the most popular types of wood and wood products has links to hundreds of examples for inspiration.



a large building: Wood architecture guide


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a large brick building with grass and trees: Ashen Cabin by Hannah


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Ashen Cabin by Hannah

Ash

Ash is a deciduous hardwood that produces a beautiful pale timber with a grain similar to oak. Versatile, shock-resistant and with no odour, it is widely used for furniture and objects.

Architect R2 Studio used solid ash to create a staircase with a perforated plywood bannister in a London domestic extension while Hannah clad an off-grid cabin in upstate New York with infested ash wood (above.)

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a large brick building with grass in front of a house: Amairis by Ruta 4


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Amairis by Ruta 4

Bamboo

Bamboo is a type of grass rather than a tree but its fast-growing canes are widely used in architecture and design both in their natural state and processed into wood-like lumber and fibres.

Bamboo canes are used for the structure, walls and doors of this clothing factory in Colombia by Ruta 4 (above), while designer David Trubridge has reissued his Cloud lighting collection using bamboo strips instead of plastic.

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7 stylish home office ideas from interiors experts

Remember when you used to commute into an office? When you’d spend the day working under strip lighting, have kitchen chats with colleagues and get in a grump when someone used your Special Office Mug? Over the last year, as many of us have switched to remote working, our homes have morphed into offices. Whether you have a dedicated room or you’ve commandeered a corner of your bedroom/living room/kitchen, you want your work space to feel calm, ordered and stylish.



a living room filled with furniture and vase of flowers on a table: With many of us in an extended period of home working, experts share their home office decor ideas, from choosing uplifting colours to finding the right desk.


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With many of us in an extended period of home working, experts share their home office decor ideas, from choosing uplifting colours to finding the right desk.

For Maddy Potts, interiors influencer and author of blog, This 1870 House, her bedroom doubles up as her workspace. “I clear everything down at the end of the day – laptop stand away, laptop in a drawer – so it’s not there overnight. But the main thing with creating your work-from-home space is to do what works for you.” With that in mind, Maddy and two other interiors gurus share their stylish home office ideas.

Pick hues you love

“Choose colours that make you truly

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‘Thank God Paul Is Creative When It Comes To Interiors’

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Comedian and Interior Design Masters presenter Alan Carr says he is ‘in complete awe of interior designers who just go for it’ but admits he’s ‘just not that brave’ when it comes to his own home.

‘Get me on stage at the O2 Arena to perform to thousands, no worries but get me to decide on a roll of wallpaper, I come out in hives,’ he quips.

Series two of Interior Design Masters follows 10 talented new designers all looking for their big break in the fast-paced world of commercial interior design, as they compete to win a career-defining contract with one of the UK’s top boutique hotels.

Every week sees author and former Elle Decoration editor-in-chief, Michelle Ogundehin, set the designers a different design challenge. ‘There was a lot of upscaling going on, we had a lot of contestants who loved a rummage through a skip,’ says Alan.

‘I would see these knackered old chest of drawers on a Monday that they’d bought for a pittance, and by the end of the week, with new knobs and a lick of paint and a whole load of TLC, they were transformed into something so beautiful that

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