This table was one of the first design ideas I wanted to create, because it established the connection of wood and steel – the basis of my creation process. Admittedly, the design process wasn’t perfect – there were many hurdles I had to overcome in order to create such a basic piece of furniture. At this point in the game, I didn’t have a table saw, and my experience welding was rudimentary at best, so I knew things might not work out so great. But, you don’t improve if you don’t try, so again we were off to the races.
Paul McCobb is one of my favorite designers. He made practical but beautifully simple pieces that were available to the masses. Today, it’s a bit more difficult to get his pieces, so I decided to make a prototype of a mid century nightstand that would be a nod to his creation, with some slight variations.
This table was constructed after initially ordering a table online, and sadly was delivered broken. It was a hard lesson learned that some materials are much more difficult to ship than others. But it also forced me to design and craft a table that has been a staple in our home which gets used every day.
There are many things from our childhood that we hold on to as we age, mainly because it captivated us the moment we saw them. Our friends have a collection of antique Star Wars figures that they wanted to showcase in their home, to help preserve that feeling and hopefully pass it along to the next generation.