For those of us who know Martha - I mean really know her style - then the words "faux bois" should make perfect sense, even to those of you who may not speak French! The words mean "false wood" and Martha has collected this style of furniture since purchasing her home in Maine (Skylands) in 1997.
Faux Bois is a decorative technique that mimics the physical qualities of wood,
whether it is the grain, the texture of the bark or the gnarled shapes
of tree branches. The style originated in France about 150 years ago when outdoor public spaces, such as zoos and parks, incorporated whimsical 'false wood' fences and bridges made of sculpted concrete to give the appearance of gnarled, branch-like railings and stools that looked like log stumps. Faux-bois garden furniture gradually became popular: tables, chairs, planters and flower pots were made of concrete to resemble found, untreated logs and branches. At Skylands, Martha uses much of her collection indoors to create a rustic, woodland feel. Martha's collection is quite extensive, encompassing
both antique examples from England and France as well as original pieces that
she had specially commissioned for Skylands.You can read about her use of faux bois at Skylands by clicking here.
Martha has now designed and produced several reproductions of faux-bois planters, based on designs from her own collection, and has made them available for purchase on QVC. This is so exciting to those of us who have loved and admired Martha's collection from afar! Below are the details.