I have a lovely console table sitting in the middle of my dining room; to be honest in our small London flat I’m not sure we have space for it. It was designed to sit in a hall or elegant living room; it has a polished surface to display a nice vase or picture and a drawer to squirrel away treats.
But where the table currently stands, it catches my critical eye every day as I walk past (en route to fetch a cup of tea). As I pass, I might stretch out my hand to touch the curve on the top edge - a beautiful detail that satisfies me every time. On other occasions, I might pause and consider the size of the top – is it in the right proportion to the legs? Do I need to take it in…just a little perhaps?
The table you see is a prototype, the first iteration of a limited edition piece, which I will make a small number of and have available to order.
The design for the table started life as a rough sketch, drawn on the train home after a long day in the workshop. I had the idea of a leg profile, which would rise from the floor to a graceful sweeping curve at the top, where curious hands would also find a drawer hidden away.
From that spark of an idea, getting to a finished piece is quite a journey. As a designer-maker, it is fascinating to see your thoughts develop; from first sketches, we went on to make models, created test components and then the first full prototype.
What sits in my dining room is a beautiful table, people who have seen it don’t comment on a work in progress, instead they notice the beautiful wood (a lovely English cherry) and admire the simplicity of design (little do they know of the hours it took to create those curves.)
As a maker it can be hard to switch off the critical eye - there are always ways to adapt, change or develop an idea, so knowing when to put down the tools and step back can be a challenge.
I brought the table home to see how it felt away from the workshop, to reflect on how the finished piece compared with the design I had in my mind. Living with it for a while, I am getting enjoyment from how the individual elements I designed have come together to create a complete table.
Although the table succeeds in bringing together my core values of integrity, honesty and simplicity - I continue to return to the sketchpad to see how much further I can take it.
Keep posted for updates on the next stages of this design, and of course get in touch if you have space to sit this special table where it belongs.