Reclaimed timber can be used to create functional objects (such as the chairs featured in Trendspotter last week ) but it also has decorative potential. Wycliffe Stutchbury, a British designer who exhibited at the London Craft Fair this month, utilises fallen and discarded timber to create his artworks. These consist of pieces of timber – some in rectangular forms gathered from old fences, sheds and floorboards, and some taken from slices of branches – arranged and placed in frames. He says: “My aim is to show how timber responds to its environment over time; to reveal its unfashioned beauty, durability and vulnerability.”

Similarly decorative is the Limited Fungi Shelf, by Austrian designer Katharina Mischer. It is made up of a rotten wooden board adorned with metal mushrooms and mounted on a wall. Each toadstool is numbered, in reference to the fact that the species of fungi they represent is endangered. Part of the profits will go to a charity that protects old trees as a habitat for moss, fungi and insects.

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