GOMEZ COFFEE TABLE
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The table top is fabricated from stacked plywood, like a butcher block. The stacking produces a wood-grain-like pattern of alternating light and dark stripes when the edges of the laminated plies are exposed. The table legs are extrusions of the table-top extending the pattern of the end-grain, as if carved from a single aggregated block of wood. The shelf underneath is made of thin laminates of bent plywood hung from the table top. The thin laminates correspond to the top end-grain and thus appear to be extensions of the butcher block laminations. As such, the butcher block grain is borrowed in both thick and thin extrusions to provide for different amenities below.
The outer surface of the suspended shelf and legs is veneered in a dark teak wood, its vertical striping echoing the laminates of the table-top — producing the appearance of a book-matched symmetry on the table leg corners. The teak appears as a dark layer extruded from the top laminates. The inner surface of the sling is clad in a zebra-wood veneer, to match the light wood. The striping of the zebra wood runs parallel to the teak grain while perpendicular to that of the table top, its color and value mediating that of the teak and the end-grain.
The idea of this table resides in combining and reconfiguring the paradoxical logics of butcher block construction with bent plywood technology to produce a new hybrid. Capitalizing on the similarities between the natural and artificial grains of wood — of Teak, end-grain plywood and Zebrawood –, the design attempts to reconcile the junction between the various parts of the table through its cladding strategy–at the corners and edges of the piece.
Nader Tehrani, Monica Ponce de Leon
Christopher Eidt, coordinator