One of my biggest summer projects to date has been a request for a driftwood dining table base that would accommodate a 48 x 120 x 3/4″ glass. New York designer, Kate Knicely, had a client who was renovating a summer home in Allenhurst, New Jersey. With a glass that size & weight, I knew that one large driftwood base wouldn’t be sufficient, so that meant coming up with 2 very sturdy matching bases.
As with most of my dining table bases, I turn the root base vertically, so there is one side displaying the root system (the most aesthetic side) & the other side displaying the trunk. In the middle of each base there is a support piece that extends outward to ensure table stability. As with many pedestal type dining tables, a persons feet & chair have to accommodate accordingly.After being made perfectly level, the bases are now sandblasted.Along the path to obtaining the natural sun bleached finish there are different stages of color which can be stopped at any time according to the patina my customer is seeking. From the initial sandblasted look, the next step is a very off white, almost brownish beige. From there it will become a more a pronounced white & then eventually turn silver gray. Kate & her client decided the more whitish look is what they wanted.
Once that was established, it was just a matter of constructing 2 sturdy crates & having them shipped. A few days later I was told that they arrived & everyone was pleased….always music to my ears.The chairs are just temporary until they find something more suitable.
My first contact with supplying one of my pieces for a client of Kate’s came at the beginning of last year. Once again it was for a rather large table, this time a driftwood coffee table base to support a 54″ round glass. I had been saving a particularly beautiful but massive stump for such a request & upon completion I think it was one of the nicest large driftwood coffee tables I’ve ever been privileged to create.
It’s been a pleasure dealing with Kate & seeing how she uses my creations in her transformation of a room. She can be contacted by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone (732) 673-3694 & some of her amazing projects can be viewed via Instagram at @houzzdesigns.