We recently told you about a Bauhaus-inspired desk made by Giuseppe Merlino from the north of Italy.
He’s now completed another project, a sensuous floating-top coffee table in American oak.
The light and simple structure of the table is held together with a combination of bridle and mortice and tenon joints.
The table top has been veneered in triangles using different rosewood types.
The inside of each triangle is veneered with heartwood – a darker colour hewn from wood where sap doesn’t flow.
The lighter shade of rosewood making up the triangles has been cut from sapwood – the part of the tree where sap does flow.
It’s a design that, like his desk, artfully combines form and function, with a top that seems to float from the rest of the structure.
The rosewood most popular in the West is best known as Brazilian rosewood.
It has a strong, sweet smell which can last for many years, and which explains the name rosewood.
Giuseppe’s coffee table has simple honesty, but combines that with beautifully-crafted design touches.
Before he came to us, Giuseppe was working in Sandi Arabia researching environmental microbes.
It was there he took up woodworking as a hobby.