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Council Periodic Table
Winner - Gold
Designer: One & Co Design Team
Design Type: Product, Furniture
Company / Organization / School: One & Co
The Periodic Table is the flagship piece in the second collection by Council, an American modern furniture company that was launched at the 2007 International Contemporary Furniture Fair. Equal parts occasional table and material experiment, the Periodic Table is a striking piece that juxtaposes a natural material and a bespoke industrial process. Named for its use of the forty-seventh element on the periodic table, a sterling silver surface envelops, yet does nothing to hide the character of the massive block of wood beneath. The table is crafted of reclaimed Douglas fir, sterling silver, a non-toxic clear lacquer and steel. The wood structure and steel base are produced with traditional woodworking and metalworking techniques. The silver plating is a proprietary method whereby a negative charge is introduced to the surface of the wood, allowing the liquid silver to be sprayed onto the piece. A natural tarnishing that highlights the wood grain is a result of the process.