Coffee tables today do more than hold your coffee or your coffee table books. They have become the literal and virtual centerpieces of a room, providing visual impact through their attractive appearance. Some coffee tables attract attention with their exquisite shapes, while others prefer to do it through striking materials. This unique coffee table does both, creating a piece of furniture that could be described as sculptural art. However, what is most remarkable is that it uses contrasting or contrasting materials, which gives it a distinct personality similar to Yin and Yang furniture design.
Designer: Donatas Žukauskas
There are some materials, both natural and man-made, that seem to be associated with certain emotions and concepts. Water, for example, can soften and clean, while plastic is soft and flexible. Wood is warm and cozy, while stone, in its many forms, is cold and impersonal. These last two may seem to stand on opposite sides, but they come together in a harmonious even artistic way in this sculptural coffee table made of natural wood and a new material like concrete.
The shape of the table itself seems to convey this character of combining contrasting elements. The wide irregular-shaped wooden top is held up by three conical legs that end in very thin legs that seem to test fate. Its form has elements of stability and irregularity as if challenging the mind to decide whether the table is stable or ready to fall to one side.
What makes this table more interesting is that its concrete legs are not made directly from actual concrete. Instead, it is a solid yet elastic mass closer to wood but designed to look like concrete. It is made of paper mass, which again is the opposite of the rigidity of concrete, but mixed with various other materials to give it the desired texture, water resistance and rigidity. It was a difficult task to pour this wet mass into a mould, with the wooden top, but it was well worth the trouble.
This sculptural coffee table is definitely a sight of contrasts in a room, and of course, it’s also quite functional. So, yes, you can put your favorite mug and books on top without fear of it breaking down. Its special character, however, does not stop at its aesthetics. Recycled materials were used to create this table, making it both sustainable furniture and sculptural art.