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Article posted: 10/13/2013 6:00 AM

Furniture makers reach back in time for design inspiration

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Both nail heads and rivets are having a moment in contemporary decor. On some pieces, they reinforce traditional elegance; and on others, they offer an urban, edgier aesthetic. The Alpine Estates hair-on-hide ottoman puts a modern spin on Old West furniture.

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The Colburn coffee table from Arhaus is reminiscent of turn of the century steamer trunks. Rivets are an old school fastener now finding new favor as an edgy, interesting decor trim.

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This Ludlam pendant lamp, with its cage of riveted metal, has a modernized, industrial look.

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The Shipley side table, part of a collection of tables, is trimmed with rivets, giving it the look of a vintage steamship piece.

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The Alex Sable chair evokes the lounge furniture of the 1930s but with an interesting twist. Leather and burlap are combined, and trimmed with nailheads.

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Ludlam pendant lamps. The cage of riveted metal gives the light fixtures an industrial look.

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The Shipley side table is part of a collection of tables trimmed with rivets.

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The Warp side table is crafted of woven, riveted strips of aluminum, giving it an edgy, contemporary look with a vintage airplane vibe.

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Jonathan Adler's acrylic obelisk filled with nails offers an irreverent twist on the decorative element.

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The Portsmouth chair, a deconstructed upholstered chair evoking the structure of old sailing vessels, with nailhead trimmed upholstery.

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A Bretton burlap shelf that combines modern lines and a rustic texture is accented with nailhead trim.

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The Ludlam pendant lamp, with its cage of riveted metal that gives the lighting fixture an industrial look.

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A Bretton burlap shelf that combines modern lines and a rustic texture, accented with nailhead trim.

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Adler's Channing screen, done in white lacquer with polished nickel nailheads, is named after Bette Davis' character in "All Above Eve." "Nailheads hit just the right note for today. They're the perfect combo of twinkly glamour and edgy attitude," Adler says.

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Both nailheads and rivets are having a moment in contemporary décor. On some pieces, they reinforce traditional elegance. On others, they offer an urban, edgier aesthetic. "We're seeing nailhead trim -- this 400-year-old detail -- in lots of new applications, creating bold looks," says Seattle interior designer Timothy De Clue.
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