Even though I love all my creations, I must confess that Geraamte has a special place. It has an airy feel due to its slender frame and absence of any enclosed compartments. Because of this, any object you put in it is immediately highlighted and that is exactly its purpose; Geraamte was designed as a display cabinet. Yet, even while showcasing your precious paraphernalia, Geraamte still makes you aware of its presence.
Looking at this huge table top while working on the table base. What you see is common ash wood (Dutch: ‘Gewone es’) salvaged from a tree that once stood in Amsterdam by the foundation Stadshout. It is for a conference table commissioned by Milieudefensie, an environmental organization and the Dutch branch of Friends of the Earth, for their office in Amsterdam.
It’s a great pleasure and honor for me to work with salvaged wood from my own hometown and to make something functional out of it for an organization that I personally support and is based in Amsterdam too. I like the idea of local craftsmen using locally sourced materials to create sustainable objects for local customers. Surely this won’t always be possible, but I certainly hope to see more of this in the future.
Woodworking is appealing for a variety of reasons, but the diversity of the material is surely one of the biggest! I like combinations of different wood types in a piece and in this coffee table I used four different ones: olive ash, elm, walnut, and maple.
This photo was shot in collaboration with upsidedownbonsai at vahq.nl.