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The Reemergence of Parquet Wood Flooring

The Reemergence of Parquet Wood Flooring

Featuring Zech Inkster of Plank+Saw

Jan and I have travelled to Europe a few times.  Beyond the usual touristy activities, we are always on the lookout for all-things-wood; especially of times gone by when a joiner was a respected artisan and a guild member.  Tools were specialized.  Consider the curved planer.  What do you think?  Curved stair bannisters or curves of a church window.  Purchased in a German shop of antiquities.

Since we’ve been importing the Oli-Natura line of oils from Germany, we have come to understand that Europeans use the term ‘parquet’ as a loose term for wood floors including floors with patterns.  Parquet floors can also incorporate other geometrical patterns such as triangles and squares but can also contain curves. Design starts from the floor up. A common way to make a statement with wood flooring is through the incorporation of geometric mosaic patterns in the place of straight timber planks. These geometric patterns are known as “parquet”, meaning “small compartment” in French. The most common and well-known style of parquet flooring is the herringbone pattern.

Named after its resemblance to the skeleton of a herring fish, the herringbone pattern consists of an arrangement of rectangles or parallelograms in a repetitive pattern, based on the symmetries in the pattern (known as a wallpaper group).

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Then & Now: Trend Watch – Nouveau Château

Then & Now: Trend Watch – Nouveau Château

The revolving cycles of what is old is new. What is passé becomes haute.

A recent Canadian House and Home – Trend Watch – has highlighted the “Nouveau Château”. Apparently the French-inspired aesthetic is ‘BACK’.  “Richly patterned parquet wood floors (with names like Versailles) take inspiration from palaces of yore.”

Europe never lost is flavour of all things olde.  Here are some floors Jan and I observed over the past 15 years we’ve been traveling to Europe. They’ve developed the patina of age; well-loved/well-used.

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