As coffee tables go, this one is impressive. Forget plain old timber or even funky industrial metal and glass - this is a coffee table hewn from a rock millions of years old.
Simple in design and form but all the more striking because of it, the character and wow-factor come from the materials used - a thick beautiful sheet of natural slate stone supported on an unfussy, geometric steel base.
Rarely used in interior pieces, slate is a powerful material - and one that really makes an impression. Formed over tens of millions of years from mineral rich metamorphic rock, it is extraordinarily hard and fine-grained. Steely grey in colour but flecked with ashy browns - the small variations come from the minerals naturally present at the time the rock was formed.
We love to see the use of natural organic materials in the home, and this is perhaps the wildest and most primal of them all - a truly stunning rock to prop up your pile of magazines and a coffee cup!
The slate sheet is thick and chunky - everything about it exudes strength and power - and is necessarily supported by a sturdy strong base. An angular steel rectangle forms a simple, strong support - a clean, linear design to contrast the rough depth of the stone table top.
This is not a coffee table for the fainthearted, and we can picture it at home in a bright contemporary living space. It is a statement piece to capture and hold the attention - providing both a practical stylish table solution and chance to reflect on the ancient rock formed many millions of years before.
It does not need much in the way of décor - perhaps a simple candle or a favourite design book - otherwise let the slate speak for itself.
Item dimensions: 41cm (H) x 65cm (L) x 115cm (D)
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