This year’s styles for just about every genre seems to be a combination of space-age concepts and raw, organic materials. Fitting, then, is this hand-crafted table from the Israeli designer Alon Dodo. Fittingly called the Rocket Table, it melds gorgeous oak wood with polished metal in a marriage of nature and industry.
Wooden dining tables are the preferred style in most homes. For commercially made tables, most people turn to Crate and Barrel or IKEA. Some, though, prefer their wooden tables handmade. Many American wooden furniture products are produced by the Amish, and there are also multiple local and family-owned woodworking shops that some choose to support the centuries-old art of making furniture by hand.
Artisans like Dodo take great pride in inserting their own characteristics and style into their furniture. In Dodo’s work, you can see the melding of many different kinds of materials. This is why Rocket is such a great picture of his work; with the light and dark woods together on the table-top, the intriguing symbols, and the metallic legs, you can see his love of blending materials and textures. The lights and darks together present an excellent aesthetic, like the handmade tables by Nedholm or Martin Pierce.
Dodo also likes to blend shapes. The table, purposely reminiscent of a rocket, is square at one end and tapered at the other. The highly polished metal legs are inserted at a slant. The whole table excites a sense of movement, and would make for excellent conversation on top of being an excellent, sturdy dining table.
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