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48-58 Charoen Krung 30 Bangrak Bangkok 10500 Thailand 662.266.4344
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$ 15,150

Bespoke Brutalist Meets Japan Desk, Antique Hardwood Slab, by P. Tendercool

Customization Options Contact us for available sizes and varieties of antique slabs.
We can adapt to your ideal size and finish.
Base can be sand-cast for you in Bronze, Brass, or Aluminium.
Documentation Signed
Documentation Notes by P. Tendercool
Origin Thailand
Period New
Materials Reclaimed Wood, Hand Crafted
Dimensions
W. 86.22 in; H. 29.92 in; D. 30.71 in;
W. 219 cm; H. 76 cm; D. 78 cm;
Condition Good. Reclaimed wood will show traces of restorations, filled holes, marks from the wood's past which add character. Do contact us for more photos.
Description In Stock from our Gallery Floor

This is our very first 100% in-house designed and created Table, or desk, or console. While we are known for mounting our creations on sand-cast Bronze or Brass bases, we do not want to limit ourselves. We went 'back to the basics' on this one: pure and honest wood work: no nails, no bolts, just able hands. We love architecture, we love Japan, and yes, we adore George Nakashima. For the top we selected one of our finest antique hardwood slabs, chicken-wing wood, should you ask, (look closely at the grain, you might spot similarities with bird-feathers, hence the Chinese name jichi-mu). This wood is very much sought after in China, and was revered during the Ming-dynasty by Chinese Scholars. The Bases are made from reclaimed Makha-Tae wood from an old house near Ayutthaya. The diamond-shape inset at the bottom are created from reclaimed Mai-Deng, Thai redwood, recovered from a a dilapidated rice-barn from the North of Thailand. Japanese inspired Belgian Design, made from Chinese and Thai wood by Thai carpenters: International any-one?

P. Tendercool ATOPs – tables made with Antique TOPs

Bespoke, handmade tables created with collected slabs of Antique Hardwood & sand-cast Bronze, Brass or Aluminum

Available to your order

Antique slabs of exotic hardwood
P. Tendercool, run by Belgians Pieter Compernol and Stephanie Grusenmeyer, is based in Bangkok, Thailand. Stephanie comes from a family of Antique dealers and for over a decade has been collecting truly unique slabs of antique hardwood. We estimate that about 95% of these wonderful slabs we collected over a period of 10 years are about one hundred years old. Inspection of the bottom parts show they were clearly cut by hand, pre-machine age...There are never any traces of legs, nor is there ever any carving, just slabs of amazing hardwood. The fact that these wooden slabs still exist is proof of their stone-hard quality. We are not talking pine-wood here: many decades of humid-hot, termite-infested surroundings have had no noticeable effect other than them remaining solid witnesses of a bygone era. They typically have a one-person size: around two-meter long, by about 75-80 cm wide. We almost always find them in pairs: his and hers, Ying and Yang.

Which wood?
By far the larger number of slabs in our collection is Chicken-wing wood, coveted and cherished by many Chinese as 'Jichimu' since the grain of this wood variety resembles the feathers of a bird. Next to Zitan & Huang-Huali wood, Jichimu has enjoyed a wide following and furniture made with this rare wood has been avidly collected since the Ming-dynasty. We currently own two hundred slabs, available for selection in our workshop, just across our gallery in Bangkok. We do not know of anyone who has such a large collection of aged slabs as ours. Unfortunately the secret is out: we now have to pay double to triple the price we paid only a couple of years ago.

Collectables
As former Antiques dealers we are convinced that our ATOP collection will be 'Antiques' to future generations: the wood is already extremely rare and about a hundred years old, the bases sand-cast by hand, and we will let you be the judge of the strength of the design ;). This is the reason why every table created will receive our burnt-in logo and its unique number stamped at the bottom. We are not discussing 'limited series here.' Every single table is unique.

PERFECT TABLES?
Nope. All our ATOPs are imperfect and we would not have it any other way. Each slab has had a life before P. Tendercool, many generations lived with these slabs, leaving their marks. Slabs are never hyper straight and often are a little warped or show some minor cracks. If you like perfect furniture, do not buy ours. If you like character, personality and rarity, be our guest.

COMBINE WITH
P. Tendercool ATOPs, especially our PT2 and PT1 - table bases, match perfectly with our Chairs models: PT40, PT41, PT42, PT43, PT44, PT45, PT46

LEAD TIME 12 WEEKS

CONTACT US FOR AVAILABLE OPTIONS AND FINISHES

GLOBAL SHIPPING
We can offer a specific quote within 3 working days. Forward your delivery address and indicate your preferred delivery means: Door-To-Port or Door-to-Door? Air-Shipping is not an option. Should you like to arrange your own shipping let us know and we will share crated dimensions and weight.

CRATING
Your treasures will safely arrive on your doorstep. Inquire about our crate-quote and relax: each creation is perfectly packed and crated in custom-made wooden crates. We will send photos during and after packing. We have been shipping worldwide since 2009 and never, ever, had any complaint. This is the reason why we suggest our clients not bother with insurance, but this is your call eventually. In our experience as former antiques-dealers, insurance company charge a premium and turn in Kafkaesque red-taped bureaucrats whenever a claim is filed...

IMPORTANT NOTES

WOOD FINISH
We have yet to come across The Perfect Wood-Finish. Prior to establishing P. Tendercool in 2009 our family had been antique dealers for over 50 years. We know a thing or two about Old Wood. Eli, our antiques restorer from Belgium, flew over to train our Thai carpenters in traditional Western wood-finishing-techniques. While we can offer Wax, home-made Hot-wax and are experts in the age-old French Polishing, about 95% of our clients prefer an oil finish. Should you be looking for a completely waterproof finish, you may opt for Water-based Polyurethane. All finishes have pros and cons, feel free to enquire for more detail.

BUT FEAR NOT
No white gloves are needed to enjoy your furniture! Our furniture is meant to be enjoyed, used and abused. Just apply your common sense: do not let spilled liquids sink in over-night, do not place hot pots and pans directly on the wood. Should you consider buying one of our creations we will explain in detail about the do's and don'ts.

SAND CAST BRONZE, BRASS, AND ALUMINIUM
We are wood-specialists. We outsource the casting of our metals to a true Bronze-master: Armando is an Italian who used to work for Salvador Dali way back when...Craft any-one? He moved his foundry from Monza, Italy to Thailand now 30 years ago. His major client is the Vatican. We are truly blessed. He is currently training our team so his vast experience will live on. Please note that the sand-casting process is also completely done by hand, step-by-step, for each base: a traditional and time consuming technique which, as the woodwork we offer, can never be 'Perfect.' Our bases show traces of this technique: some air-bubbles remain in the metal, some weld-marks will be visible as will some tooling traces: brushed lines, some surfaces will be a bit more matte than others...Here too you will feel Real People's hands...

PHOTOS
We take great care when we photograph our creations or produce our samples, but computer monitors differ, colors may not be exactly rendered and BLTs are created by hand, not by Robots. Do check with us should you have any doubts. You are always welcome to pay us a visit, both our gallery and workshop are open to the public. Unfortunately, no photo can capture the look and feel of the real deal.
Styles / Movements Brutalist, Contemporary, Modern
Dealer Reference Number PT31.ATOP.19.135
Incollect Reference Number 304969
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