This distinctive coffee table combines contrasting elements to give it a unique character.

This distinctive coffee table combines contrasting elements to give it a unique character.

Today’s coffee tables do more than just hold your coffee or coffee table books. They have become both literal and figurative centers of a room, providing visual impact through their striking appearances. Some coffee tables attract attention with their exquisite shapes, while others prefer to do so through eye-catching materials. This unique coffee table does both, creating a piece of furniture that could almost be described as sculptural art. However, what is most noteworthy is that it uses what appears to be opposing or contrasting materials, giving it a distinct personality that is like a Yin and Yang of furniture design.

Designer: Donatas Zukauskas

There are some materials, both natural and man-made, that seem to be associated with certain emotions and concepts. Water, for example, can be soothing and cleansing, while plastic is soft and flexible. Wood is warm and welcoming, while stone, in its many forms, is cold and impersonal. These last two may seem to be at opposite ends, but they come together harmoniously and even artistically in this sculptural coffee table made of natural wood and a new concrete-like material.

The very shape of the table seems to convey this character of combining contrasting elements. The wide, irregularly shaped wooden top is supported by three conical legs that end in very thin feet that seem to prove fate. Its shape has elements of both stability and irregularity, as if challenging the mind to decide whether the table is steady or ready to collapse at one end.

What makes this table even more interesting is that its concrete legs aren’t exactly made of real concrete. Instead, it’s a solid but springy mass that’s actually closer to wood but was designed to look like concrete. It is made of paper mass, which again is the opposite of the rigidity of concrete, but mixed with various other materials to give it the desired texture, water resistance, and rigidity. Fusing this wet mass, which is poured into a mold, with the wooden lid turned out to be a complicated task, but the result was worth it.

This statuesque coffee table of opposites is definitely a sight to behold in a room, and of course it’s quite functional too. So yes, you can place your favorite cup and books on top without fear of breaking them. Its special character, however, does not stop at its aesthetics. Recycled materials were used in the creation of this table, making it both a sustainable piece of furniture and also a sculptural art.

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