Straw Marquetry is a traditional technique used in high-end cabinet making. Marquetry, in general, is the art of applying pieces of veneer to a structure to form decorative patterns, designs, or pictures. Straw marquetry specifically involves the use of straw, often wheat or rye, as the veneer material.

The stem is opened, split, ironed and finally dyed by hand. A variety of tones are available from pale gold to dark brown. Skilled craftsmen first sort out the stems. They secondly adjust and then glue the selected pieces edge to edge to a structure or furniture to form decorative designs or further patterns.

Cabinet-makers have used this technique for centuries in various cultures and periods, including 18th-century France. The French designer Jean-Michel Frank made it popular during the Art Deco period. The technique offers a unique and visually appealing alternative to traditional wood marquetry. The use of straw brings warmth and a natural element to the furniture, and the delicate patterns add an intricate and luxurious touch. Contemporary designers as well, appreciate its craftsmanship and the ability to create bespoke, eye-catching pieces. The growing interest in sustainable and eco-friendly materials has also fueled the technique’s revival in modern design.

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