Sculptural tables using the natural characteristics and form of the elm as the inspiration to create furniture that transcends purpose into organic art. The patina and wear that have developed with time add to the raw, organic character of these tables creating an honest naive expression where nothing has been added. In the manner of George Nakashima the emphasis is on the best use of a beautiful piece of wood and using its natural form, figuring and colour to create of timeless pieces of simplicity, pure lines and sensitive proportions. "When I'm making something out of a piece of wood, I have a long dialogue with it, sometimes for years," Nakashima said in a 1979 interview. "I have to find my own relationship with the spirit of a tree, and pretty soon, the wood evolves as a form." These tables are the perfect height for sofas and armchairs.
A pair of single piece, 'slab', elm coffee or low tables. The one piece 'slab' tops with beautiful figuring, knots, fissures and bows. The figuring continuing through the canted, naturally contoured edges. Standing on 'slab' trestle ends with a shaped upper stretcher. Maker unknown Private collection, United Kingdom
Conceived as pair but slightly different depths one table " length 61cm., 24" depth 34cm., 13 1/2" height 30cm., 12" top thickness 4 cm., 1 1/2"
the other table : length 61cm., 24" depth 29cm., 11 1/2" height 30cm., 12" top thickness 4 cm., 1 1/2"
Mid-Century Modern (Of the period)
GOOD. Wear consistent with age and use.
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