Designer transforms ailing tree into striking table

Thomas de Lussac
© Thomas de Lussac

Trees are vital to our ecosystems: they provide habitat and shade, they create oxygen and perform a whole bunch of other important functions. But what about trees that become diseased -- can they still be useful? Definitely -- buildings are being constructed with insect-infested timber, artists are turning sick trees into sculptures, and French designer Thomas de Lussac turns one aged stump into this striking table.

Thomas de Lussac © Thomas de Lussac

Dubbed Racine Carré (French for "square root"), this table is made out of a two-hundred-year-old oak stump found in the region of Perche that was pulled out of the ground, cut to size and painstakingly sanded down smooth. De Lussac collaborated with local cabinetmakers of Perchebois to create this piece, which took eight months to complete. The table is intended as a symbol of renewed economic development of the region, highlighting the skills of the local craftspeople.

Thomas de Lussac © Thomas de Lussac

Traditional woodworking techniques were used to assemble the table: large dovetail joints hold the table extension to the tree stump itself, while this bulk is counterposed by a slender leg on the other end. The cut in the middle of the stump gives the illusion of the table balancing between the two worlds of the natural and the man-made.

Thomas de Lussac © Thomas de Lussac
Thomas de Lussac © Thomas de Lussac

The result is an unusual piece that combines the raw nature of the tree, with the refined lines of modern furniture making, while showcasing the abundant talents of the region. A lovely design collaboration: more over at My Modern Met, Perchebois and Thomas de Lussac.

Tags: France | Furniture | Trees

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