Whether hand-carved, steam-bent, or CNC-milled, there are many ways in which to shape wood. These three tables display a variety of techniques that achieve a look of effortless curves.
Contour Table, Bodo Sperlein
This Art Nouveau–inspired table uses the Japanese shou sugi ban charring method to create a durable finish that is fire- and rot-resistant. The 74.8”-long-by-35.4”-wide piece that is CNC-milled and then hand carved in a British workshop, takes seven days to make. Offered in black walnut, fumed oak, and Douglas fir options; bespoke finishes are also available. bodosperlein.com
Mizu, Fratelli Reifer Custom
Handcrafted in Brixen, Italy, in collaboration with local designer Eberhard Mitterrutzner, this desk and incorporated bench was formed by bending and gluing 10 315”-long layers of Canaletto walnut wood around an existing wood frame. The integrated bench measures 78.7” long, while the table is 157.4” long. Mizu houses three power outlets in its base as well as two USB ports in its drawer. frcustom.eu
Form Follows Function Boardroom Table, Daan Mulder
Wrapped in a bamboo veneer, this boardroom table comprises a series of plywood ribs that interlock to create a seemingly continuous form. The 200.7”-long-by-65.7”-wide table can seat up to 12 people and comes with integrated technologies such as a Bluetooth charging dock, two electrical sockets, and an HDMI port. daanmulder.eu