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Color-Stained Furniture, the Next Big Thing?

by LiveModern Webmaster last modified Nov 01, 2013 01:05 AM
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by Alexa Hotz last modified Oct 31, 2013

Thanks to Rhinebeck, New York-based furniture workshop  Sawkille Co. , I've been imagining every chair and table in my house cast in a pale blue. Sawkille's latest designs are made of bleached hardwoods, which, they've discovered, takes well to color. "We love the boney white of the raw wood," they say, "but it's also an obvious palette for some pigment." To create transparent color, Sawkille hand mixes it own wood dyes in shades of indigo and royal blue. "Unlike paint, the pigment is not as controlled," they explain. "Each piece of wood has a different reaction, so the final patina is something unique."  Once the furniture absorbs the dye, the designers apply a hand-rubbed oil finish to seal in the color. For pricing and custom color information, contact Sawkille Co. directly. Above: The Senate Chair in indigo (left) and pale royal blue (right). Above: Some of the yellow tones of the wood mix with the indigo and result in a sea blue. Above: The company's signature  Sawkille Bench  is available in a variety of lengths and finishes. Above: The Dutchess Low Dresser shows off Sawkille's darkest shade of indigo. Above:  Short Back Tremper Rabbit Chair displays the dye's spectrum from pale legs to deep blue seat. Above: Sawkille makes dining and bar  stools in a range of sizes and shades: "We are forever shooting for that perfect dusty blue." For more stools, go to  10 Easy Pieces: Wooden Counter Stools . Interested in indigo? See Commune's indigo wood floors  and our studio visit with  Small Trade Company in San Francisco.






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