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The Latest Celeb Obsession: Their Wood Furniture

We know celebrities are not like you and I but we didn’t know that one of their latest obsessions is bragging about their wood furniture.

We may be used to seeing the rich and famous showing off their homes, cars, yachts, and all the other trappings of people with too much money, but it appears that one of the latest things to show up on social media posts are celebrities bragging about their wood furniture.

AD PRO, an online newsletter from Architectural Digest, recently wrote about movie stars and other celebs who are telling the digital world about their household furnishings made of wood…often wood that has a certain historical provenance of its own.

Showcasing her California home and its interior furnishings on one post, “50 Shades of Grey” star Dakota Johnson points to one piece and says, “This was made out of the wood from Winston Churchill’s yacht.”

Not to be outdone, husband-and-wife actors Peter Sarsgaard and Maggie Gyllenhaal toured their bathroom: “This is a teak bathtub. It’s amazing. It’s made by Scottish barrel makers.”

And it’s not just wood furniture that is getting all the attention. Sopranos’ star Michael Imperioli showed off his guitar, telling viewers “The neck of this guitar was made from wood that was recovered during the renovation of the Chelsea Hotel,” the legendary Manhattan lodging where guests have included everyone from Andy Warhol to Frank Zappa to Sid Vicious.

So, what’s up with all the wood fascination? One explanation AD PRO offers in its story comes from Mick Aarestrup, co-owner of Los Angeles’ Lief Gallery, where customers have included actress Kirsten Dunst. “Besides the obvious reasons such as design and practicality, the combination of history and the human touch creates a connection with the past that can be very desirable.”

AD PRO sums it up that with vintage wood furniture or furniture made from historic wood, “you’re not just getting something solid that will serve you for decades, you’re often getting a story too.”

Image: Architectural Digest

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