Ulmus & Fraxinus Table
Ulmus & Fraxinus Table by Cyriaque Ambroise is part of the ‘Plant Explorations’ collection, facilitated by The New Craftsmen. Earlier this year, The New Craftsmen invited a select group of craftspeople to the Economic Botany Collections at Kew Gardens to examine and creatively respond to a myriad of objects and their narratives. Cyriaque’s work is inspired by the dialogue between Western and Japanese cultures. This table was designed as a reflection on two tree species, which are set for extinction in Europe, elm and ash, due to a fungus spread by the global timber trade. It celebrates locally grown timber and the management of coppiced woods for their environmental benefits, encouraging biodiversity and creating a mosaic of habitats for wildlife. The table reflects the natural curvature of the wood and has five legs, an unusual number, like fingers on a hand. Cyriaque deliberately retains the cracks within the piece, as a reflection on the imperfect and living modestly. His meditative process involves only simple hand tools and results in highly individual pieces with strong character.
Material: Elm wood, ash, hammered brass
cm: Width 119cm, Depth 33cm, Height 41cm
inches: Width 46.9in, Depth 13in, Height 16.1in
Care Instructions: Wipe spills immediately with a clean damp cloth to avoid the chance of obvious marking. Always use protective mats for glasses or hot dishes. This item is intended for light use only. This table comes apart for shipping.