Chrysanthemum Coffee Table
An elegant and intricate handcrafted coffee table built by Peterborough, Ontario fine furniture maker Rob Brown. Rob’s work often draws from Japanese materials and influences, and this piece is a stunning example.
The Chrysanthemum Coffee Table was inspired by a chrysanthemum flower, a plant native to Asia and northeast Europe that is said to be one of the prettiest varieties of perennials that start blooming early in the fall. Chrysanthemums were cultivated in China as a flowering herb as long ago as the 15th century BC. The flower was brought to Japan around the eighth century AD and the Emperor adopted it as his official seal.
Story (in Rob’s words): “I have made a number of different types of this table, from coffee table size to dining table size, each with different materials (hand-made Japanese paper, planished copper, planished pewter, as well as different solids). This coffee table was featured in the main meeting area at the G20 Summit in Muskoka, Ont. It was also featured on the front page of The Globe & Mail’s Style section and in Canadian Woodworking Magazine”.
Materials: The main material for this coffee table is White Ash. Hand-made Japanese paper and glass are also used.
Dimensions: 48” dia. X 19” H