For Renzo Piano, the mind behind the New York Times building in Manhattan and London’s Shard, the opportunity to build the Earth Table for Riva 1920 was really an opportunity to re-think the form a bit.
Pieces of 50,000 year old wood harvested from New Zealand float in a thick resin, ‘representing the continents’ as the description reads on the Italian furniture retailer’s website. We’re not so sure about that prescriptive reading. We do, however, love the effect the table has. Instead of using the wood as a surface, the resin makes it more the subject of the table rather than just a material used in the table. It’s a sly play on the part of Renzo, but an effective one all the same. Whether you use it as a place to put that book you’re working on, the back issues of magazines you’re hoping to get through someday, or just keep it clear and admire the wood – it’s a fantastic pick for any apartment of home. Prices are available only on request. [Purchase]