Mosaic Table for e11even10/27/11
The Mosaic Table is a recent custom commission for e11even restaurant located at 15 York Street in downtown Toronto.
The table top is made from antique hemlock that was buried below York St for over a century as a part of the historic Conner’s Wharf. What we loved about this material was that in the time it spent underground, the hemlock timbers absorbed the vivid green and red mineral tones in the lakefront soil. After experimenting with many different concepts, we proposed a 14′-2″ communal top made up of nearly 300 off-cuts that we recovered from a commercial flooring project. We found that pairing smaller modules gave us added control over the composition and that incorporating discarded knots, piths, and cathedrals added considerable dimension to the design.
Each piece of hemlock was individually cut and pocket-hole screwed to the plywood underlay.
The structure is pinned hot – rolled HSS steel tubing. It comes apart into pieces for easy transportation.