bespoke chef’s table
Object: bespoke kitchen/dining room table
Background: ”Back in 2006, Snackbar (formerly at 253 South 20th Street) was starting to come together and a millworker who was driving by the space stopped by to see the work we were doing. We had a long conversation and he ended up doing gorgeous operable windows and some interior wine shelving for us. His name was John Bolle.
Over the years, we’ve become good friends and he has contributed unbelievable woodwork to other projects that I have been a part of as well: windows, tables, shelves and cabinetry for Pub & Kitchen; wall coverings, shelves and signage for The Diving Horse [Pub & Kitchen’s sister restaurant, open during the summers months in Avalon, NJ].”
That texture is earned, not learned.
Context: (cont’d) “In 2007, my wife (who is an interior designer) and I asked John to build us a dining room table. It needed to be thick, heavy and unique. It needed to be wood, preferably salvaged. It needed to have the potential to host dinner parties, survive toddlers, support homework and bring the family together. It needed to last forever.
What he came up with was perfect. It is masculine, but without looking like it belongs in a loft bachelor pad. It is made of reclaimed wood from Berks Engineering in Reading, PA. The wood came from their patternmakers’ wood shop benches, and it is white pine and over 100 years old. It’s easy to see the age.
It has already seen a lot in its reclaimed life. It has been a changing table for both of my sons, served as a sewing table for my wife, and supported my mounds of notebooks and food sketches.
And most importantly, it holds dinner for us every Sunday night.”Pin It