The Latest Design Trend: Black and Burned Wood

An ancient Japanese technique protects cedar by charring it a witchy charcoal. It’s having a renaissance in the West (for less practical reasons). ON THE WINDSWEPT southern side of Martha’s Vineyard, at the end of a rural road that emerges from a dark copse of oak trees, sit two austere, inky-black farmhouse-style buildings — a...

6 reasons why Shou Sugi Ban is the hottest trend in architecture

Trends in architecture don’t alway revolve around new ideas, but occasionally nod to the past by bringing ancient techniques back to life with improved technology. A growing trend that is a perfect example of this is Shou Sugi Ban. Shou Sugi Ban is an ancient Japanese architectural technique that was used to preserve wood by...

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