The most recent Prana Table was finished and delivered this week to the conference room in the new Heritage Flight FBO building at the Burlington International Airport. This renovated building is a 79,300 square foot LEED facility with a green roof, solar array and wind power features. The project architects are Truex Cullins of Burlington. Interior design is by Truex Cullins and Gayle Erdman of Casa Bella Design in Hinesburg. This table features a one-piece solid slab Redwood top with live edges. The 200 year old redwood slab was salvaged from the forest floor in California where it had been for the past 100 years. The slab is 3" thick, 48" wide, and 146" long. The table base is solid stainless steel, 3/8" thick x 4" wide. Kirk Williams of Burlington fabricated the base. The finish on the table top is VOC-free Woca oil.
Christian Brown Design furniture is now part of the collection offered through New York City based Bobby Berk Home. As they describe themselves, "We here at Bobby Berk Home believe in bringing our customers the best selection of modern furniture. At Bobby Berk Home we combine superior customer service with exceptional modern designs, bringing you the finest online experience."
John Cavers, Editor in Chief of Furniture Fashion, has written a great review of the Vertigo Dining Table and the Vertigo Chairs. Here is the direct link for the review: furniture fashion According to their mission statement, Furniture Fashion seeks to "increase quality of life through great design."
The sleek and modern Prana Table has a refined and angular steel base and a rich, warm slab top made from Dakota Burl. This table as shown seats 10. The steel base was fabricated by Kirk Williams, a master metal worker and artist in Burlington. Dakota Burl is a relatively new composite material made from wheat, sunflower seeds and formaldehyde-free resin. It is manufactured by Environ Biocomposites in Minnesota: www.environbiocomposites.com. This table top has a built-up edge thickness of 2 1/4" and is stained a rich brown using a combination of cherry and ebony stains. The steel base is removable for shipping or moving and is connected to the base with flat head hex drive bolts that are screwed into threaded inserts. There is an interesting footnote to the story of the table top. I have had a number of sheets of the Dakota Burl stored in my studio for the past couple of years. When I pulled out the sheet for this table I discovered that all of the exposed sunflower seeds were gone from every side of every sheet in the stack. Where the sunflower seeds had been, there were now only empty shells. Next to each empty shell was a small pile of shavings. It turns out that mice in my studio discovered the sunflower seeds and chewed them out of the surface of the Dakota Burl sheets. Aside from an amusing anecdote, this has given the material an extra bit of relief on the surface and when stained the rich brown color of this top, it resembles a slab of cork.