Digui Furniture's Molen Low Table

Combining traditional techniques with enlightened materials, Portland, OR-based Jeffrey Armistead and Digui strives to make furniture that withstands not just years, but decades of use and will be beautiful not just today, but tomorrow as well. Using locally harvested or certified sustainably-grown wood, Digui's Molen Low Table is intended to be used for a variety of tasks over its lifetime -- sofa end table, coffee table or bedside table are a few possibilities -- and its longevity is owed, at least in part, to the technique used to construct it. About the construction, designer Armistead says, "The table is composed of four panels, each supported by a dovetailed leg. The panels are connected to each other at a right angle, joined with a long tenon used typically in breadboard table tops to allow the table surface to expand and contract with seasonal changes in humidity. The Molen table uses traditional, joinery techniques -- legs dovetailed in the table top, the panels integrated with breadboard tenons allowing the solid timber to expand and contract, and mortises and tenons for the underlying rails -- to provide interest by changes in grain direction and exposing end grain." We like the sunken square box in the middle of the table, added for storage, which gives the table an almost whirlpool-like illusion of motion. Armistead's small studio is powered by Portland's PGE renewable energy program, and the table is available in plantation eucalyptus, local Northwest FSC-certified red alder, as well as locally-harvested black walnut. Digui just has a splash page for now; we hope to see more from them soon. ::Digui Furniture

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