My latest prototype is behind schedule a little bit, but the finish is drying on it now. In a couple weeks it will be complete, then its off to the studio to get photographed while I start my first production run of it.The design is everything I wanted, so there will just be some minor tweaks for the production version. I took a few photos during a dry assembly so you can get a feel for the piece. As you can see, it is distinct from the Floating Top Table, but also very familiar. I will be making a coffee table version of this design, but the timeframe for that is still TBD.
Here’s the first look at my new table design, the Pillow Top End Table. I wanted to create something that can be placed with my Floating Top Coffee Table. The goal is to design a piece that is both cohesive and unique when paired with my other products. The legs are a direct adaptation from the coffee table, but I decided to go with symmetrical aprons for this piece.
For the top, the details didn’t come out very well in the sketch so I’ll try and clarify what I’m going for. There will be no gap between the aprons and the top. However, the top will be proud of the frame, almost like an upholstered chair cushion. The effect should be reminiscent of a pillow resting on the frame, hence the name for the piece.
For the wood selection, I’m probably going to have two models. Both will have a Walnut frame. One version will feature a figured Maple top, and the other will have a Walnut top.
I welcome any feedback you may have about the design so far, and I hope to have a prototype built in the next month. I’ll be sure to send out updates along the way.
Storrow Designs is excited to announce its latest production piece, the Floating Top Coffee Table. This table has been in development for nine months, and is now ready for full production. For all the details, please check out the product page here. The gallery will be updated shortly with studio photos, but iPhone pics will have to work for now.
Over the weekend I completed a prototype table for my upcoming series. The goal was to take a table and boil it down to its essence. So there are no reveals, no curves, and seamless transitions between elements. All this combines to create a table that is deceptively simple. Why deceptive? Well for one, all the outside faces are tapered in, including the aprons, which makes milling and joining boards together exponentially more difficult. And, the top is inset rather than placed on top, which complicates assembly and dramatically decreases the margin for error.
If you have any comments or suggestions, please let me hear them below. I expect to have the first production run completed in the next week, so pictures will follow closely behind. And hopefully my next prototype will be done soon after, so stay tuned for that.
I’m very excited to launch my new line of tables, the Traditional Series. The name for the series is rather misleading, as you’re unlikely to see anything close to this in a traditional furniture store. The biggest departure from classic tables is the inset top with exposed joints. Maybe its just the engineering geek factor inside me, but I love seeing how objects were constructed, and thats why I don’t make any effort to hide the joints on my pieces. Now, don’t be fooled, the exposed joints aren’t a result of laziness but of pride. It takes a lot of time and commitment to make sure every piece of the puzzle fits together seamlessly. If I just slapped a wooden top onto the legs, there’d be no consequence for an ill-fitting joint, because no one would see it. But leaving everything visible and touchable cuts my margin for error down to the thousandths of an inch, just where I like it.
That same overachieving philosophy is what drove me to inset the top. Having seamless joints is easy with the right tools, and if that’s all I wanted I could have taken the easy way out and put a glass top on it.But setting a wooden top down into a fixed frame seamlessly takes it to another level entirely. If the top is even .05 inches too big, the joints will have gaps. And if it’s .05 inches too small, the top would have an unacceptable gap.
To view the full gallery of the Traditional Series collection, along with pricing information, click here.
The new and improved Storrow Designs website is now up and running. I have added a products section where you can view all of my current production pieces available for purchase. I also plan on updating the news feed at least twice a week with any new product announcements, shop updates.