Barking Up The Wrong Table

Charlotte Kingsnorth
Barking Up The Wrong Table by London-based industrial artist Charlotte Kingsnorth. This piece is inspired by identity and masks, with the reimagined bark.

This piece came about whilst exploring ideas around identity and masks, and Charlotte's interest in deconstructed archetypes, as well as Jean Baudrillard's concept of hyperreal and the inability to distinguish reality from a simulation of reality. This piece is a low table cloaked in a reimagined bark. The notched markings found on the bark of a birch tree have been borrowed to make a new coat for this collection. The table comes in two parts, which can be pushed together as one or used as two separate side tables.
Material: Obeche Timber
cm: Width 100cm, Depth 64cm, Height 50cm
inches: Width 39.4in, Depth 25.2in, Height 19.7in
Care Instructions: Lift the table by the tabletop, wipe with damp, lint-free cloth
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The obeche timber is blackened using a charring technique from 18th century Japan. This method of preserving wood is called ‘shou sugi ban’. The bark markings are made by hand, and Charlotte chose to use obeche timber for its sustainable growth and workability.
The Maker Charlotte Kingsnorth Multi-Disciplinary Designer - London

Charlotte Kingsnorth is a pioneering designer who trained under Toord Boontje at the Royal College of Art in 2012, before setting up her own London-based practice. Charlotte’s work melds functionality with a personal exploration of materiality, form, and the subversive. Having first presented her work at Design Miami in 2017, The New Craftsmen recently collaborated with Charlotte during the creation of her lichen patina furniture collection to develop new applications for this unique technique. Charlotte has also created work for Bill Gates, Fendi, SHOWStudio, Christies, and the V&A.