A trip to the woodshed used to have a negative connotation (i.e. spanking), but as designers and architects continue to embrace the natural beauty of unfinished wood, that proverbial shed is being seen in a new light and is actually moving inside (and, come to think of it, with the publication of Fifty Shades of Grey, spanking is enjoying a more positive spin too). These photos prove that there’s nothing to fear and a lot to love about the close proximity of firewood.
The use of firewood as a decorative element is a worldwide trend, as evidenced by this project from Van Der Merwe Miszewski Architects of Capetown. The stacked logs make a dramatic frame for simple accessories.
Dealing with a nonfunctioning fireplace is always a design challenge. The owners of this Parisian apartment decided to fill up the useless firebox with wood in what can only be described as a stylishly ironic design move.