We created this Partner desk for a French couple living in Bangkok. They often work from home and wanted us to make the perfect working table.
Together we went through our collection of rare wood and we decided on a matching pair of slabs from about a hundred years old.
The wood is Chicken-wing (Ji-chi Mu in Chinese). That particular wood has been extremely sought after in Chine since the Ming dynasty, scholars loved to have objects or furniture made in this magnificent wood, which grain looks like the feathers of a bird when viewed upclose, hence the name. Very often this scholars collected objects referring to nature or made with natural materials: wooden brush pots, pencel rests, water droppers…they also collected dream-stones: beautiful slabs of stone with an intricate pattern set in a carved frame; these nature-made patterns were very meditative, one could imagine wild landscapes, seascapes, clouds…it was for this reason that chicken wood was highly valued: the distinct grain has a similar affect…one can easily dream away.
Perhaps not the best choice for a working-table…?
We designed a system to hold their computer cables and drilled a simple grummet hole in the top.
Our clients selected a pair of Sand-cast aluminium bases and opted for a ‘charcoal’ finish.