Driftwood table

Conceived for Utterubbish 2007, these limited edition coffee tables are made from as much rubbish as possible. The basic structure is an antique hardwood window frame rescued from a colonial Singapore bungalow demolished to develop condominiums. Although quite sturdy, the table flat packs and is easily assembled / disassembled in a few minutes with only a screwdriver (pictured) or no tools at all (in development).

Glass panes that weren't broken have been integrated into a sculpture by Mark Kaufmann. Panes that were broken have been inset in the concrete feet, designed both for stability and to prevent water damage from floor mopping. Discarded wine crate pine milled to a proper thinness replaces the glass and provides a base for the inlay. The inlay itself is roughly 80% driftwood and 20% discarded wood from other sources. Scraps from the milling of the windows and inlay have been used to fill damage to the original frame almost entirely eliminating waste.

I chose driftwood because exposure to salt water, rust and sun have cured the wood and created a uniqueness of colour and pattern impossible to find elsewhere. For me, the value of the tables lies not just in the labour but also the story of the material's previous lives as craft - and rubbish.

designed and made by Nathaniel Walters