Lime Tree Coffee Table
While the bold asymmetric lime-shaped green ‘fused’ glass top is the initial focal point of the piece, it is the sculptural solid American Walnut understructure, the table’s backbone, that is actually the quiet luminary here. With its rather anomalous two-legged form, featuring cantilevered supports that lift and capture the glass, the Lime Tree coffee table combines the coolness of the glass and its curvaceous, organic form with the warmth of the walnut wood and its fluid yet angular structure. The point of integration of these two very different materials occurs at the opposing corners of the table where the wood gently envelops the glass.
Structurally, a great deal of mathematics was applied in ensuring that the considerable weight of the glass would be in perfect balance across the cantilevered components so as to avoid any strain on the joints. Natural wood movement was also an important consideration in the design of the table, ensuring that wood was free to expand and contract with changes in ambient temperature/moisture levels without risk to the base structure itself, or indeed the glass.
The perfectly fitting mortise and loose tenon joints not only provide an inherent strength to the structure but also feature the beauty of the end-grain, and every component is handcrafted with absolute precision to ensure that the crisp lines run cleanly throughout the piece.
The use of short grain in the rebated ‘glass holder’ component that is aligned with the end of both horizontal supports ensures no conflict in grain direction, and each of the perpendicular rebated sections are removable, which allows the glass top to be readily inserted and/or released.
The Lime Tree glass top is custom made and is ‘fused’ with an interlayer of intense green film to provide colour and bring out the lustre and deep tonal qualities of the walnut.
- A Lemon Tree and a Brazil Nut coffee table are alternatives, the former also in solid American walnut but with a bold yellow film-fused glass top and the latter in solid European oak and with a glass top ‘fused’ with metallicised tobacco voile.Both alternatives are slightly larger at 1500 x 820 x 340mm and retail for £5,495.