This table, known simply as the ‘Earth Table’, is a magnificent example of furniture design. Pieces of 50,000-year-old wood harvested from New Zealand have been set in a thick resin, where they represent each of the continents. Instead of using the ancient wood as a surface, architects Renzo and Matteo Piano decided to use resin to make it the subject of the table rather than just a construction material.
This is one for the designer household, or someone who wants something strange and funky to put in their home. The craftsmanship and intricacy involved in construction of this piece of furniture is truly astonishing, particularly with the intricate details that exist within the timber.
Design work of this level doesn’t come cheap, but not many people can show off a true centre-piece in their living area such as this one.