Luxury Design, Past & Present
Dimensions: 121.0ʺW × 42.0ʺD × 30.0ʺH
Description: Purl, a curling, rippling flow, is a word that pairs seamlessly with the striking but calm form of this table. It is a masterful blend of time-honored craftsmanship and contemporary design that will most certainly add a dynamic focus to any interior.
Purl was created and produced by artist/designer Gregory Higgins of Santa Inez Valley, California and designer/craftsman Niall Bourke of Kipper in Los Angeles, California. This collaboration is a unique blend of art, design, engineering, and old-world craftsmanship.
The tabletop is made of Bubinga wood from West Africa. It is a two-and-a-quarter-inch thick slab measuring ten and one-half in length by approximately forty-two inches in width. Bubinga is the wood’s commercial name; the botanical name is Guilbourita Tesmanii. The tree from which this table was made was eight hundred years old, one-hundred-and-fifty-feet high and approximately seven-feet in diameter. This veneer-quality log was shipped from west Africa to Germany, where it was sawn into slabs and then kiln dried. Kiln drying is a controlled method of drying wood that reduces potential splitting and warping.
The Bubinga Slab is set on a fabricated steel base with a heavy nickel-plate finish. This base consists of a square tube superstructure sandwiched between two skins of one-eighth inch thick steel sheet. All welds are invisible, leaving the piece to appear as a solid one-inch thick plate, but without the weight. The surface grain was applied by hand and then waxed