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French stitching has been a raging trend for several years now in automotive design. The Saturation point has been reached now that the lowly Corolla comes standard with contrasting french stitches. As always the top end of the market shoulders the responsibility of resetting trends. What will they think of next?

One click through the high dollar cars on display at NAIAS and you'll notice something consistent...





What about porous wood trim? High gloss wood has become so easy to fake you can get it in just about everything, will true class be about feeling the grains?



Hopefully the top end market moves away from carbon fiber. too many teenagers running around with vinyl wrapped imitation CF hoods. Not to mention it looks tacky in the interior if you're not piloting a top dollar Ferrari or Porsche...
 

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I'm all for diamond stitching but when the patterns start to look like they're trying to imitate a CF vinyl pattern, then it all starts to go downhill fast.
 

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I really like the porous more natural looking wood. It is great for contemporary design. I think this is popular in interior design too. The quilting of the seats I am not quite as big a fan of. It looks over worked to me. I think that I like it in moderation. It looks good on the centre console in the one picture (2nd down).
 

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Wood always looks good. Just depends how they go about it.
Not sure if many people would like old looking wood like that, maybe with a piano black high gloss finish it would look more suitable in a 2014+ vehicle.
 

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Wood always looks good. Just depends how they go about it.
Not sure if many people would like old looking wood like that, maybe with a piano black high gloss finish it would look more suitable in a 2014+ vehicle.
The whole point is to not have that high gloss finish on the wood anymore. It makes the wood look cheaper actually. Furthermore, the overly glossy wood ceases to look like wood and starts to look like plastic imitating wood. The natural wood makes it clear that it is actual wood being used.
 

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It seemed to look good to me, doesn't look cheap at all, this mercedes is a good example:

I think that the piano key black material does look good but this trend for natural wood is battling more against high gloss finishes over actual wood grain. It is more of a counter to this:



It might be cool now but I can see it getting dated pretty quick.
 

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Either way it's still better than most trims.
But I also noticed it depends on the type of wood. Lexus even started using Bambo instead of wood which looked amazing.
 
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