Israel-based designer Hilla Shamia has created this contemporary line of wood and aluminum pieces that teeters on the fence between fine furniture and modern art. This cool table and chair collection strikes a balance between the beauty of raw nature and the sleek, refined edge of metal. Most unusual is how the designer preserves the natural essence of mature trees, transforming their imperfections into alluring attributes that tell the story behind each piece and become their trademark. We love how the cast aluminum bleeds into the gaping cracks of the knotty, weathered wood, the opposing materials highlighting each other in sharp contrast. This wood and aluminum furniture would make a stunning focal point in a front foyer, or a great conversation piece in the living room or parlor, or even as a hidden treasure to love in the bedroom. The Wood Casting collection has been nominated for the 2013 German Design Award. Check it out by visiting Hilla Shamia.