Burl Is Back

Burl is Retro-inspired, unique and organic in feel, and the market can’t seem to get enough of this trending wood texture with its knotty touches and swirling grain patterns. Whether you want to go all-in on the trend with investment pieces or lean into the look with subtle accents, we’ve rounded up a bevy of burl finds as inspiration.

Tasteful Tables

Left: In a dynamic mix of blonde burl oak and chestnut oak veneers, the Reuben Dining Table from Arteriors stuns with its octagonal shape and maximalist design sensibility. The pedestal-base is scaled for use as an entry or dining table. Top Right: Exquisite details make the oval Narelle Pedestal Coffee Table from Made Goods a centerpiece in any room. The richly burled walnut veneer complements the natural cane panels, outlined with natural bamboo, on the top and along the sides. Bottom Right: Understated and elegant with its gently curved silhouette, the Bardot Burl Dining Table from RH is wrapped in burl veneers that highlight intricate swirling grain patterns and mottled shading.

Statement Storage

Top: Made from poplar burl veneer, the Mitzi Media Console from Four Hands has adjustable interior shelving plus dual center drawers that offer ample space for modern media needs. Left: The rounded-edge silhouette of Universal’s Mantra Sideboard features mappa burl veneer on the outer panels and waterfall edges, while doors are reeded, white wood. A push latch opens to reveal storage drawers for flatware. Right: Precedent’s Brenne Buffet is crafted from washed oak and burl. Highlights include four door fronts, a solid wood base and storage drawers lined for flatware.

Power Bars

Left: The Bardot Burl Bar Cabinet from RH — shown in Caramel Oak Burl — has a mirrored back wall, a tempered glass shelf, interior lighting and a fully finished drawer with removal velvet-lined tray. Right: The vintage brass pull on the Manhattan Cabinet from Arteriors unveils storage for wine bottles and glasses on the left and a soft-close magnetic drawer with storage below on the right. The top is fitted with a key lock that opens to a lined shelf and a black glass mirror for an added touch of functionality and form.

Artful Accents

Left: Magically melding natural burl wood with modern materials, the evocative Parallel Table Lamp from Jamie Young manages to be both modern and timeless. Top: Decorative Caleb rectangular and square storage boxes from Elk Home are made from bleached mappa burl veneer. An elegant nickel handle adds polish to the naturally inspired boxes. Bottom: The lavish, Asian-inspired Biggs Stool from Worlds Away delights with its graceful curves, sculptural form and white linen seat.

Office Perks

Top: Understated and tailored in its restraint, the Bardot Burl Desk from RH honors the minimalist geometric forms of 1970s postmodernism and the era’s embrace of exotic materials. Left: Curves, well-defined lines and a high-gloss burl-wood back converge on the Renato Chenille and Burl Wood Office Chair from CB2. Right: The Holland 50″ Desk from Williams Sonoma Home elevates off-style with a swirling wood grain and painterly depth of color. Two discreet drawers with acrylic hardware allow for storage.

A-Game Style

Top: Aerin’s Colette Cane Chess Set sports a contemporary twist with streamlined chess pieces in goldplated and black satin finishes. Timeless and stylish, this game will be passed down through your family for generations. Bottom: Rich burl woods play beautifully with stainless steel details in this statement foosball table designed by Barcelona-based Mermelada Estudio for CB2.

Burl in the Bedroom

Left: The two tiered, two-drawer Tranquility Bedside Table from Universal has a warm mappa burl veneer, a soft gold frame and convenient hidden features: two electrical outlets and two USB ports in the back. Center: Sophisticated and constructed from walnut burl veneer, the Connie Hollywood Regency Brown Walnut 8-Drawer Dresser from Kathy Kuo Home contains eight dovetail drawers with antique brass hardware. Right: The new Anjou Bed from Precedent is full of shape and texture. Its burl finish provides a warm look to the modern bed frame.

Beauty in the Bath

Arm up your style power with the Clifford Bath Vanity from Worlds Away. This Midcentury mod stunner features a dark burl wood cabinet with Lucite and antiqued brass door pulls.