Mar­quetry – the art of ap­ply­ing other ma­te­ri­als in­clud­ing wood, me­tal, shell and bone to a struc­ture to form a dec­o­ra­tive pat­tern – dates right back to Ro­man times. It never re­ally went away, but hit the peaks of fash­ion in the 16th and 17th cen­turies. A re­cent resur­gence in our ap­pre­ci­a­tion of crafts and ar­ti­san de­signer mak­ers means that in­tensely beau­ti­ful, one-off pieces are be­ing de­signed in work­shops around the world, cre­at­ing works of art that one might de­scribe as in­stant heir­looms. This stun­ning piece, the Stella’d cock­tail cabi­net by Zelouf + Bell, is set with fumed fig­ured eu­ca­lyp­tus and rip­ple sycamore, cre­at­ing a graphic op­ti­cal pat­tern – which might deepen the heady ef­fect of those cock­tails. zelo­ufand­

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