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design by priscilla young
COLLAGE: INSPIRED USES OF WOOD IN DESIGN AND DECOR BY REKHA KRISHNAMURTHI COLLAGE: WOOD DESIGNS IN GLOBAL DECOR
  Frank Lloyd Wright designed structures based on a philosophy called organic architecture. This is best seen in his design of Fallingwater. Built partly over a waterfall on Bear Run, Fallingwater is an ideal example of how the use of wood and man-made structures harmonize with the environment- creating a feeling of calm and relaxation.
 
Traditional Japanese homes are elevated wooden structures built with thatched rooftops. Instead of walls, the internal sliding doors or shoji screens allow for customization and a flexible use of space. This feature is an important element in Japanese interior design. Shoji screens are made of paper, attached to thin wooden frames that roll away on a track when pushed. The translucent paper allows light to stream through. Today, influences of Japanese architecture can be seen with open spaced floor plans, neutral colors and natural materials such as bamboo wood floors. Modern glass sliding doors are inviting and show a strong connection to nature, which is the motto of Japanese design style.
 
Metropol Parasol, is considered to be the largest wooden structure in the world. Located in Seville, Spain, the structure consists of interwoven wooden panels that rise 85 feet from a concrete base. The panels are positioned in such a way to form six parasols with walkways below. This modern day urban center is a social and cultural hub where visitors, residents and tourists gather, activating new and exciting energy.

Rekha Krishnamurthi
 
 
October 2013