UK, London. The Arabesque table from custom furniture designer Black & Key is a lesson in timelessness. “The table is inspired by famous single pedestal tables designed in the past, but my aim was to make it distinctly different,” says designer and founder of Black & Key, Karin Verzariu, who explains that the studio focuses on designs that are unique but rooted in design heritage, from Art Nouveau or Art Deco to Modernism.

The Arabesque table features an octagonal base and a classic curved pedestal. “Its willowy and flowing curve is reminiscent of a ballerina’s graceful ballet pose,” says Verzariu. “The visual relationship between the octagonal base and the circular top creates an interesting divergence of geometries.” With an antique brass detailing that highlights the soft curve of the base, the piece is versatile available in a range of veneers and metal detailing finishes.

“Our pieces are designed with adaptability in mind,” says Verzariu. Each Black & Key piece is designed in the London studio and then manufactured in Britain by skilled craftsmen. Being made in Britain not only ensures quality, but allows complete flexibility with each custom-made item. With the Arabesque table, for example, the size and configuration can be adjusted, with the standard base accommodating a top measuring up to 1600mm in diameter and the option of two pedestals being combined for a larger rectangular or oval table-top.

Our favourite aspect of the table is the flowing curve of the base and the contrast between the sharpness of the metal and the smoothness of the
veneer.

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