Gotta love the clients that keep coming back. Sabina is one of those special people. We get along great, she trusts me and I totally admire her gumption to go for striking colours and designs. When we get emailing ideas back and forth, it can get pretty goofy, but really, it's all fueling the piece.
The thing I really liked about this project was that the long enjoyable email discussions lead to a fabulous solution. It was really fun to once again go through the design process with a client that knew my working method inside out and was happy to be an equal collaborator when it came to brain storming. We were happy to scrap some notions and constantly throw new ideas into the conversation. The discussions for this project started out as a need for two end tables and a regular sized coffee table I believe. It definitely evolved.
Eventually, we came to the conclusion that one large island of a coffee table would be most appropriate, centered in the middle of the large sectional sofa she had recently had custom made. (Check out that awesome sofa!) To really hit it out of the park, a lift up mechanism was employed on half of the table top to make it extra versatile as a munching table while watching TV. When the top lifts up and over the peoples' laps, the innards of the table are exposed to show some tidy compartments for whatever cutlery, remote controls etc. The other side of the table obviously needed a huge drawer for placemats and magazines. As usual, the drawer comes out on my favorite silent full extension drawer slides.
The top is hard maple, from her family's farm, with a deep glowing burnt orange finish. The legs are also maple, with a slate black finish. The aprons are curly maple with a "Dijon" finish.
Great solution for the space. In a smaller space, I could see just half of it with just the lift top being very usable. And as illustrated, any colour or wood is open for discussion.