“I design furniture which is made to last. Through my search for expressive forms which are original yet never ostentatious, I hope that my creations will endure for years, even in our era of heightened consumption.”
The purity of line of the Spirit of Forest dining table is magnified by the use of just a single material, solid European walnut, a noble species beloved of carpenters. Its judicious, timeless design and use of a very current material will strike a chord with today’s contemporary clientèle.
Used here as much for aesthetic reasons as for its nostalgic evocation of exceptional craftsmanship, the straight version of the dovetail joint, a method of assembly which harks back to ancient Egyptian times, is what holds top and legs together. A trapezium shape (dovetail) sitting in a corresponding cutout, this extremely durable assembly acts as a blocking key whilst also offering real decorative value. It is used not only by cabinetmakers but also by stringed instrument makers and naval carpenters.
“I love working with clean, geometrical forms: to me, they are the essential condition of their longevity.” In all of his initial works in the Seventies, German designer Peter Maly never deviated from this conviction. Circles, squares or rectangles are a constant theme of his creations.
In the case of the Spirit of Forest table, Peter Maly almost lets himself become lyrical, complementing the rectangular top with softly sloping trapezoidal legs. The rounded shape of the top’s extremities also helps soften the severity of the walnut.
The comfortable 100 cm width of the top may be perfectly customized with a choice of 9 lengths, from 160 to 240 cm (gradations of 10 cm).