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Spicchi Coffee Table

Lacewood, Maple, Black Walnut Burr

110cm x 70cm x 45cm

I designed this table around the same time I was working on the Extra Time clocks - hence the 25 divisions of the starburst pattern.


Traditionally, starburst patterns are realised with veneers rather than solid timber because of problems with timber movement.


The challenge with this design was to use solid timber and still allow movement. I solved it by not jointing the sections ('spicchi' in Italian), but rather leaving gaps using acrylic dowels.


I also wanted to use a timber with a grain pattern that would not interfere with the overall shape.

The wood from the plane tree displays a characteristic lacy pattern when quarter-sawn.

It also changes name (the only timber to do so) and is then known as

Lacewood (or occasionally London Plane).

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