Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Curve, in willow

The curves, patterns, flow of willow furniture are so fluid. This chair looks like it’s been around for a while. Wonder what color it used to be?

Furniture made from branches and boughs was used by the ancient Egyptians, and there are Chinese paintings from over 1000 years ago showing royalty using willow furniture.

In addition, the leaves and bark from willow trees were used in medical treatments by ancient people because they contain salicylic acid, the forerunner to aspirin.

And with their graceful sweep of hanging branches, willows have been an inspiration to artists and writers over the centuries.

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The willow tree plays the water like a harp.
~ Ramon Gomez de la Serna

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