Bolefloor – Natural Design in Flooring
Straight lines are out, apparently. Whilst that may not be strictly true, there's an interesting trend in design away from the well-ruled minimalism that has characterised much of the previous decade towards a more organic style - as exemplified by Bolefloor, which is (to quote them): "the world’s first industrial-scale manufactured hardwood flooring with naturally curved lengths that follow a tree’s natural growth" (the name comes from the Dutch word for the trunk of a tree - bole).
Not only are there obvious aesthetic benefits to the non-linear form, there are environmental ones too. The company maintains that more flooring can be produced from each tree using this method than from traditional rectilinear design - sustainability and environmentalism, of course, being another key trend of this decade (and the one gone).
You can see a couple more images below, but take a look at the Bolefloor website - www.bolefloor.com