Bridge Table

MATERIALS & FINISH

Padauk, Maple, Port Orford Cedar, Shopmade Brass Hardware, oil finish.

YEAR

2012

This piece was built for a gracious and exceptionally patient client, who also happened to be a competitive bridge player. The original request was for something that was "red, and had some kind of Art Deco flair." This table was the result. To date this is the most complicated piece I have ever built - it includes a 24-piece shop sawn veneer sunburst top, sculpted, quarter-round legs, hand-turned brass drawer pulls, and individual pull-out trays (with spring-loaded stops), bidding boxes, storage boxes, and - of course- a coaster, for each player. The challenge was packing all of the mechanical and storage elements into a space that would be unobtrusive for the players sitting at the table (and would maybe look halfway decent in the process.) Altogether, this table took over a year of continuous work to design and build. This design of this piece was originally inspired by the work of the great Art Deco designer par excellence Emile-Jacques Ruhlmann. Je vous remercie, Monsieur Ruhlmann.

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