The most amazing thing about design is mixing elements, colors and textures to create something new. It opens up a world of options, which ultimately allows your personality to shine through. For example, Israel-based designer Hilla Shamia has created an incredibly unique and beautiful line of furniture by mixing wood and aluminum; it's called wood casting. The pieces have a modern look with a touch of traditional flare and are certainly a statement piece. What really stands out is the way the aluminum seeps into the cracks and imperfections of the wood, highlighting the natural beauty of these trees.