Neapolitan Sofa Table With Purpleheart, Oak, And Wenge

These clients collect modern art with colorful earth tones and sweeping arcs. They also collect furniture to complement their other art. They wanted a table with lots of contrast and color, coupled with round elements, as a focal point of the room.

I made three pieces for their new home, which was an old Denver elementary school remodeled into several large town-homes. This sofa table decorates the main living area while the other two pieces (Horizon Table and Mirror) adorn the entryway.

This was a true collaboration as we had more than 9 revisions with heavy involvement from the clients.

There are few straight lines on this table; sweeping stretchers, curved aprons, and soft drawer pulls. The colors of these woods are natural to the species, no paint, stain, or dye was used. Wenge is a chocolate wood with streaks of black and Purpleheart is actually purple. The White Oak stretchers were steam-bent and the compound angled joinery was quite challenging.

My wife, Stephanie, crafted the stained glass, which spills colorful light across the floor and is a wonderful resolution for the negative space under the drawer. The scene is reminiscent of the nearby prairie that borders the city.

2010 - 58"w x 14"d x 34"h
Wenge, Purpleheart, White Oak, Stained Glass

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