This table puts to use all the test timber, steam-bending experiments, end cuts and leftovers from Guy’s chaise lounge. Guy always sees possibilities in discarded shapes and
broken pieces, so he couldn’t resist finding a solution for his own offcuts.
This table takes its inspiration from the idiom ‘one man’s trash is another man’s treasure.’ Small pieces of
unused timber have been transformed into a large, solid dining table showing that there is value and use in
Doors are often constructed out of beautiful timbers but this timber is not always appreciated. In pondering the beauty of this particular door, Tim asked himself what else a door could be used for. In this case, it’s a coffee table. The size of the finished work was dictated by the materials
available, and there were no offcuts produced.
The ridgeline that adorns the top of this coffee table also cleverly functions as bracing for the structure of the object. The width of the table was determined by the length of the
lath itself, to maximise the use of materials and minimise offcuts.
This table is made from the offcuts from Natasha’s two other projects. The remaining timber had numerous
defects and nail holes. Several of these have been left visible to show that this piece of furniture had a previous life. The piece is finished in Danish oil.
When David Haig started working with the wall framing studs from the home, he discovered that the lath and plaster had left a ghostly ladder-pattern. Rather than planing all the surfaces back to bare wood, David incorporated a few into the table to maintain a connection with the wood’s source.
Kilmarnock Enterprise’s woodwork department wanted to prove just how easily old wood and piping can be transformed into stylish, usable and elegant furniture that would look right at home in the modern apartments of the new central city. The team challenged themselves to transform rough and old into simple, modern and clean.
Two families and three generations worked together to make this table. The pattern of nails is based on wallpaper at Admirals Way. The catalogue number of the metal catchment tray and a seismograph-inspired pattern were also incorporated. The work emphasises the positive things that can arise post-quake.
This work is about reconfiguring recognisable salvaged items into new and functional possibilities. This new arrangement celebrates the materials’ histories and memories and
acknowledges their past, present and future. But how long will the counter stay in this form? There is always the possibility of future salvage and metamorphosis.