Perfect symmetry is easy to find—in faces, in furniture, in architecture, even in nature. It appeals to us, and gives us a sense of balance and harmony. That's why things that are not symmetrical immediately catch the eye. Asymmetry is a compelling design element, and the result can be extremely appealing or simply a mess. The key is to use it sparingly, and to find ways to establish a visual balance without complete symmetry. Here are a variety of successful furniture designs that use asymmetry well, from cracked-ice cabinets to live-edge tables, interesting door and drawer layout, decoration, and beyond.

From Fine Woodworking #222