You think you like antiques? Well, one table we spotted at High Point Market this past weekend gives a new name to vintage. Bernhardt's Pierre Noire dining table is about 100 million years old. Or, at least, part of it is.
The table features slim, steel legs and a wood top clad in veneer cut from pieces of petrified wood, a fossilized material which is up to 225 million years old.
This piece was just one example of the many takes on natural elements we've seen cropping up in home decor recently. From mirrors made with weeds (yes, really) to wicker lighting to tables covered in coconut shell, new takes on nature are one of the biggest home trends we see ahead. But, creative as these materials may be, none truly stands the test of time like Bernhardt's offering. To give some context, let's compare to other popular antique eras:
- Louis XIV furniture: 350 years old.
- Louis XVI furniture: 250 years old.
- Chippendale furniture: 275 years old.
- Biedermeier furniture: 200 years old.
- Mission-stye furniture: 100 years old.
- Midcentury modern: A paltry 50 to 80 years old.
Of course, petrified wood can stand up to the elements more than your average walnut or teak because it's been fossilized, which means organic elements that would cause it to decay have been naturally replaced with minerals. This all happens when the wood is sealed off from oxygen, usually after being buried underground.
Talk about a piece with an interesting backstory.
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