Live edge is a term that refers to furniture made using the entire tree, including the “live” part of the wood- the outer rings.
When a piece of live edge furniture is created, a log is cut into slabs and the entire slab is used, leaving the natural edge.
Live edge furniture design can be found in large pieces like beds and tables, but also smaller ones such as lamps.
Some of the highest quality live edge tables available on the market are crafted by a Brooklyn, NY company called Sentient.
They create a variety of pieces but might be best known for their live edge dining room tables. The picture below shows a live edge table created from two pieces of maple bridged by glass.
Live edge furniture is typically created by expert woodworkers that know how to bring out the unique features of each slab, because no two starting pieces are alike (and no two finished pieces will look the same).
Sentient have become experts of this craft and their work goes beyond building for the home- they design and build live edge tables for the restaurant/hospitality industry as well. Over time they’ve built a very solid reputation for the quality of work they deliver.
Here’s another example of a live edge table, one of Sentient’s larger pieces:
Aside from tables, you can find a variety of other live edge furniture on their website including couches, chairs, beds and nightstands.
If you’re looking to invest in a truly unique piece of home furniture for yourself or a family member/friend, we recommend checking out the site. If nothing else, you’ll see some amazing photos.