The use of natural materials in design is unique in its ability to strengthen our connection to the world around us. The beauty of natural wood, leather, stone, and fiber have a primordial appeal that contrasts with manmade materials in the built environment. This week, we’re excited to highlight five organic designs that showcase the timeless beauty of natural materials.
Pierre Sindre
Dandy is an example of contemporary organic design, showcasing the genuine beauty of cane rattan. Designed in 2017 by Pierre Sindre, the mixed materials of bent wood, leather edging, and rattan seat and back result in a design with visual and textural contrast. The luxurious combination of elements adds a sense of elegance and warmth to this contemporary lounge chair. Frame in natural or stained beech or oak. Leather edging available in black or cognac. Multiple fabric or leather upholstery options.

Kari Virtanen
Biennale is an innovative design in keeping with Kari Virtanen’s consistent ability to create forward-thinking, unexpected pieces. The design showcases the beauty of natural oak, by preserving all the textural and topographical qualities of the material. In essence, Biennale is a piece of nature transformed into a functional design. The design is suitable for a wide range of contemporary environments, and feels equally at home in residential, commercial, creative, and public spaces.
Dan Svarth
In 2018, Dan Svarth was tasked with designing a new sofa—the challenge was to make a geometric frame that comfortably fit the human form, and the result was immediately iconic. The complexity of the form is elegantly resolved with the use of simple, luxurious materials, and is incredibly stylish and supremely comfortable. A single hide of leather is used for each side of the sofa eliminating the use of seams. An exposed frame of sustainably sourced mahogany cradles the soft, upholstered seating element creating an architectural whole. Three-seat option also available.
Fredrik Paulsen
Vaarnii’s Bar Stool is a self-consciously brutal and sophisticated option for bar seating, featuring an ergonomic back and strong, defined elements that highlight the visual, textural, and structural characteristics of solid pine. All Vaarnii products are locally made by a small number of expert Finnish makers, using pine wood that has been harvested from sustainably managed Finnish forests. Available in counter or bar heights.
Joe Colombo
The name ‘Basket’ honors the classic hand-weaving technique used in rattan basketry. The armchair embodies the hallmarks of the classic Joe Colombo style: organic lines, a distinctly modernist aesthetic, and a highly creative approach to his chosen material. An environmentally responsible steel skeleton provides strength and stability to the unique form which is covered with a hand-woven rattan skin. Available as a three-seater sofa, a two-seater sofa, and a lounge chair.