Modern inlays in various wood species

Some call them “inlays” and others “marquetry”.

Whatever the term is, this technique remains one of the most valuable decorative elements in the furniture and interior design field.

The origins of the inlays date back to the 13th and 14th centuries, and this is another reason of Made in Italy’s pride. Originated precisely in the Appennine area of Italy, although for its beauty this technique quickly extended to other Italian areas and then all over the world.

But did you know that…

  • Not all wood species are suitable for creating particular styles of inlays. It is necessary to deeply know the technical behavior of all wood species; for example, there are some species that are more susceptible to dilation or shrinkage if exposed to external agents such as moisture or temperature changes. It is therefore essential to combine the essences that have similar technical characteristics.    
  • There are some wood species that are best suited for outdoor use and others in indoor environments.    
  • Classic inlays as we used to see them long time ago, with a linear design and often in natural colors, can be redesigned in modern style, with fresh and even abstract and 3D styles, with brightly colored woods such as red, blue, green, yellow, purple, bourdeaux, pink …

LEONARDO TRADE has a deep knowledge of wood veneers and is constantly investing in research and development. We make tests with new inlays, new species and above all with a fresh and modern design to meet the needs of interior design professionals on a variety of items and furnishing accessories such as space dividers, pictures, desks and tables surfaces, seating furniture or bedrooms, even for kitchens and bathrooms, and for floors or walls.

Below is a gallery of some modern inlays that keep the tradition of craftsmanship with a fresh, modern and elegant touch.

Leonardo Trade is able to deliver semi-finished inlays so that the panel can be applied directly onto the surface to be covered, then pressed, honed and painted. On request, you can deliver the inlay applied on a flexible paper support and with a surface finishing treatment, including sanding and painting.