Project Name: Quilted Maple Extending Dining Table

Date Completed: July 2019

Designer: Jonathan Baring

Jonathan Baring was asked by a long-standing private client to design and make an extending dining table. The team created a design that worked aesthetically in both states. In terms of functionality, they developed a robust extension mechanism inspired by the extending ladder mechanism used on fire engines.

Baring Furniture wanted to create something sculptural, to sit amongst the client’s collection of modern art, so ensured the free-form composition of the base was influenced by Barbara Hepworth’s work in stone sculpture.

The tabletop is veneered in quilted walnut and finished in a luxurious gloss lacquer. The brass trim unifies the tabletop and base. The resulting table is a manifestation of Baring Furniture’s philosophy and an attempt to demonstrate the best of British craftsmanship. The meticulously arranged sculptural base, composed of several interlocking ring elements in brushed brass, gives the table a sense of balance.