Sometimes we hold onto things in our lives, and we don't know why at the time, but we know that one day, we'll be really glad we did. This happens to us at Autonomous frequently, as curators of very special wood, we often find ourselves holding onto special pieces of wood without a plan for it.
In walks a client looking for something unique, something unseen before, something to fit in their art decorated condominium. Our Lead Designer, Kirk, gets to work. One home visit and many questions later, a design is made around that special piece that we had been holding onto.
The history of our curation started back in 2009 with Kirk seeing something unique about this piece of gnarly maple left over from a cut at a privately managed wood lot in the Cowichan Valley, on Vancouver Island, BC.
And then the piece sat ... awaiting a brighter future to demonstrate its beauty.
A piece of spalted maple, Slab 192 as it had become known, to be set on three curved concrete legs, spaced to follow the natural curves of the tabletop and grain, using a high-performance concrete that allowed us to keep it very thin and sleek. Kirk worked with Nolan from Szolyd, a Victoria-based precast concrete company, on the engineering of the legs using Ductal UHPC, given its suitable characteristics to our desired design, namely superior strength, durability and design flexibility. The end result was 1/2-inch thick curved legs, a difficult feat when using concrete.
The placement of the legs create both tension and flow, while allowing light and energy to flow through. This resulted in a modern, sculptural, yet natural edge coffee table that will age gracefully in a home filled with other special art pieces.
Here is Table 192 looking rather dashing in its new home.
Are we glad we kept this piece for all that time? You bet. And now we're taking a fresh look at our inventory to see what else is meant to be set on concrete.
Below photo courtesy of Jody Beck from Modern Home Victoria.