I always think homes should have a balance of classical architecture and modern elements - it keeps traditional work fresh & helps modern work remain timeless. I've been weaving more architectural elements into my work, particularly into the furniture we're designing, like the cabinet above. One way I've seen that coming to life is a fresh take on classicism through the inclusion of fluting details.
Today, I’ve rounded up a few fresh takes on the fluting trend, so keep scrolling to get inspired.
For background, fluting is an ancient technique commonly found in Greek architecture. Many believe its Greek origins date back to a time when early craftsmen relied on tree trunks to support buildings. Preparing the wood for use started with the removal of the tree’s bark; a process that left grooves in the trunk. As more advanced processes were developed, stone became the building material of choice, but designers didn’t leave fluting behind. Many believe they replicated the grooves and ridges they had seen in earlier wooden columns in the stone columns of the day. These carved channels gave the buildings they donned a sense of grandeur and rhythm; two things Greek architects admired at the time.
Photography by Maura McEvoy
Photography by Nicole Franzan
The contemporary take on fluting finds the feature breaking out of its historic shell. No longer solely made of stone or reserved for the exterior of a home, I’m now seeing fluting in an array of colors, paired with unexpected materials and fitting in with a plethora of styles. Some curve in and some curve out, but no matter the orientation, each adds an exciting rippling effect to the room it’s used in.
Photography by Tom Ross
Fluting's resurgence not only highlights a desire to reinvent the classics but a renewed interest in accents that have a handmade quality about them. Divots, bubbles and other maker's marks dot both wooden and plaster fluting, and give each piece a one-of-a-kind vibe. Sure fluting is pretty, but this personal touch is one of the things I love most about its comeback.