This low coffee table was created using a hundred-plus year old single slab of Chicken-wing wood (chinese Ji-chi-mu).
This is one of the rarest South-East Asian hardwoods and was dearly cherished during the Ming dynasty where together with Huang-huali and Zitan it was one of the most sought-after hardwood varieties.
The name ‘Chicken-wing’ refers to the intricate grain of the wood: a feather-like pattern which gives this wood variety its magical appearance.
Chicken-wing wood is normally darker, we decided to bleach the wood in order to create a deeper contrast which makes the ‘grain’ of this extraordinary wood stand out even better.
We mounted this stunning slab on four hand-cast brass brushed bases, sand-cast by Master bronze maker Armando, a 75 year old bronze master.