British Design Focus: The Prisma Table by Irene Banham

Our British Design series takes a single work by one of the 25 designers on show at Artisan Alchemy, and showcases the piece, telling its story... Read on to find out more about The Prisma Table! British Design Focus Irene Banhams The Prisma table is made entirely from solid sycamore and solid bog oak. It perfectly demonstrates the extremes and contrasts available in English timbers. The table combines the ancient and modern, native and introduced, dark and light. It shows that it is possible to gain a striking effect through the use of English timber alone. As well as the aesthetic effect of contrasting bog oak and sycamore, their origin gives further meaning to the piece. The black bog oak is around 5000 years old and comes from the East Anglian fens. The white sycamore also comes from East Anglia, but from a much later period in history, as sycamore was only introduced to the UK in the 1700s. As well as being a very beautiful and interesting timber, bog oak is a finite resource. I have tried to produce a piece which uses it to good effect and shows off its density and rich colourings, whilst using a relatively small amount. The sycamore also has beautiful colouring and markings, which are ideally suited to being shown off in a table top.

British design at its best...

In the Prisma Table, I have tried to showcase English timber and an interesting story for the owner. In one single table you have wood from 5000 years ago and less than 400 years ago. You have the contrast of almost black and almost white woods, and an ancient native species combined with a younger incomer. The Prisma Table is elegant and interesting, yet functional. It even incorporates a useful little drawer!

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