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The Origami Low Coffee Table

Made By 68 have been making the Origami low coffee table to commission for several years. Our unique design has been extremely popular, particularly amongst architects. 

Origami Low Coffee Table in Beech Ply

Origami Low Coffee Table in Beech Ply

The solid timber Origami table start at over £2,000 as they take time to create by hand. Whilst the market for high end bespoke furniture is relatively small, we wanted to offer this unique design at a lower price point to widen the market.

The Origami Low Coffee Table in Beech Ply - detailing the 'V' storage section

The Origami Low Coffee Table in Beech Ply - detailing the 'V' storage section

We have explored the use of CNC technology to speed up the production process. This will enable us to offer the table at a more accessible price point whilst not comprising on quality. 

Our aim is to give our clients the ability to configure their own coffee table choosing from a range of different materials and coloured finishes.

The Origami Low Coffee Table in Beech Ply - Simplicity is the ultimate form of sophistication. 

The Origami Low Coffee Table in Beech Ply - Simplicity is the ultimate form of sophistication. 

The Origami Low Coffee Table in Beech Ply - Top down view

The Origami Low Coffee Table in Beech Ply - Top down view

We hope this alternative production process will foster new relationships with discerning clients looking for modern contemporary fine furniture at affordable prices.

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Growing in confidence

Completing the box project and getting some much needed publicity was followed by the excitement of a new project. I settled on a coffee table. Design inspiration this time came from Origami. I played around with bits of paper for ages, looking for a concept that could work as a low table. The design is strikingly simple, but in reality quite a complex build.

The design brief this time was for the table to resemble a folded piece of paper. The drama in this piece was to be a deep v section or valley that ran across the centre of the table. I chose crown cut English Ash not only beautifully figured but with a textured grain to match.

When viewed from above the shape of the table is a perfect rectangle. In order for the components to fit this brief there were lots of compound angles to work out. My training on CAD packages including Rhino 3D came in useful. With help from more advanced students on the course I modelled the shape in Rhino and produced a full size mockup in MDF. This process really helped to refine the design as well as to check the methods of construction.

The timber was carefully selected, five 4 metre long sequential planks from the same tree. Much more material than I needed, but we are taught to buy at least twice what we need. This means we can make our component selection without compromise, this is essential when making items of the very highest quality. The ash had been kilned dried and had a moisture content of 9.4, well within the acceptable range for furniture makers. The timber was allowed to acclimatise in the workshop, and was dimensioned down to size over a period of two weeks.

Mitres seem to have become my joint of choice and there was going to be no change to that in this project.  I was able to cut some of the mitres on the Altendorf table saw we have in the workshop. However, the joint at the bottom of the v section required use of the spindle moulder. A scary machine, but once mastered is incredibly flexible. In order to use the machine, each student undertakes a two-day training course. I duly received my training and set about building a jig to hold my work. It took longer to set up the machine, build the jig and run through a test piece than it did to machine my ash, but as all good craftsman say, it’s all about the preparation.

The Origami Coffee Table 

The Origami Coffee Table 

In all projects there’s always one exercise or joint that you put off because you know it’s going to be tricky. On this piece it was a hidden mitre connecting the legs to the top. It was necessary and intrinsic to the design. It was the joint that would make or literally break the design aesthetic of the table.  I drew on my training as well as patience and quiet determination and built the jig, sharpened my tools and set to work. As is often the case, those things you dread are not always as bad or as tricky as you first thought.

The table was completed on time and taken up to London for a photo-shoot. As furniture makers, photography is incredibly important, poorly lit or staged photo’s do nothing to enhance or showcase your skills. The studio we used was a railway arch in Shoreditch, our professional photographer Tony took some amazing shots. The table looks stunning in this industrial setting, the hardwood floor and distressed brick wall highlight the lines beautifully.

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