Friday, February 11, 2011

from our library | tramp art

"From our library" is a new series of posts on anything/everything design and decor.  It could be a bio on a designer we love, or a description of a certain style of architecture or design.  Today = TRAMP ART.

I love to say it, and love to spot it!  Years ago during a routine antique store visit, I was introduced to Tramp Art.  This German and Scandinavian woodworking style was popularized in the late 1800s and early 1900s and is characterized by the notch carving and layering (pyramiding) of many small pieces of wood.  Recycled wood from cigar boxes was typically used.  This folk art has become a collectors item and can be found in intricate designs on boxes, frames, figurines and furniture.  You can read more about the origins and history of Tramp Art here.

These pieces are so unique and add great depth and texture to any space.

samples of antique tramp art...

and tramp art given new life....

"tramp lamp" by mitchell gold + bob williams

tramp art mirror by wisteria

naples tramp art mirror by mecox gardens

todd mirror by made goods

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