wd.stl.tbl [wood.steel.table] by tharp studios
wd.stl.tbl [wood.steel.table] is intentionally named as it was designed, stripped down to its simplest form to expose the natural beauty of the table’s raw materials - reclaimed wood and steel. The warm oak wood and cool steel tones on this handmade piece pair well with any room that requires a softer look but needs to maintain an industrial edge. The table has a minimal presence while maintaining maximum layout surface area where space is limited. Its standard 2’-1 ½" depth, 2’- 5 ½” height by 4’, 6’ or 8’ lengths makes it ideal for use as a desk, sofa back table or for retail merchandise display.
The design was conceptualized through an architectural approach - from form to function, structure to sustainability.
Form - The goal was to propose a table with the simplest form through as little material as structurally possible. Danish modern furniture from the mid-century era was studied and served as inspiration for implementing this idea. Danish designers commonly expressed structure as a feature as opposed to hiding it or treating it as an afterthought. They brought the structural lines of furniture to the forefront and often highlighted the connections between joined materials. Using these principles, the structural supports were imbedded into the wood so that it could be self-supporting. The wood itself becomes the structure and, as a result, the lines of the table are simplified.
Function - The table was originally conceived from the challenge of incorporating a large desk into a tight office space. The room was long and narrow, so the desk required a shorter depth with a longer length to increase workspace surface area. It was later thought that a table with these proportions would be appropriate for small rooms found in older homes or confined urban apartment and condominium spaces. In a commercial application, these table proportions offer retailers more options for displaying merchandise where space is limited.
Structure - The structural details are carefully integrated into the wood and exposed as a subtle design feature. Additional structural support is achieved by finger joining the ends of the individual wood pieces. Finger joints provide extra glue surface area that strengthens the connection to limit potential bowing along the length of the table. Bending stresses along the short side are counteracted with routed steel bar supports. The hairpin leg’s triangular shape provides compression strength and offers added lightness without the look of a bulky, solid support.
Sustainability - The table reduces its carbon footprint through the use of reclaimed wood coated with an eco-friendly finish. Repurposing wood brings new life to a material that would eventually take up space in a landfill. Each table is unique; the imperfections in the wood detail the history of the old buildings, barns and other structures from which it was harvested. Similar to unsealed teak wood used in Danish modern furniture from the mid-century era, the reclaimed oak wood is not sealed with harsh chemicals found in lacquer or polyurethane. The wood is left to breathe and age gracefully, its natural color enriched by the application of a special blend of orange oil and natural wax. This combination is proven to protect the wood and enhance its beauty and depth of grain.
The wood is not sealed; it is coated with a protective layer of beeswax, carnauba wax and orange oil blend. Apply the blend every month or so to prevent drying. If the wood becomes damaged through normal wear and tear, it can be lightly sanded and recoated without the hassle of sending it to an expensive furniture repair shop.
Made in the USA
Tharp Studios is committed to supporting local design and manufacturing. This product is handmade in the United States.
Materials: Solid reclaimed oak wood and raw steel
Shipping: 6-8 weeks
Width: 4’ (48”), 6’ (72”) or 8’ (96”)
Height: 2’- 5 ½” (29.5")
Depth: 2’-1 ½" (25.5”)
About Tharp Studios
Tharp Studios is a full-service, collaborative design firm based in Palm Springs, California. Principal Ryan Tharp earned his degree in architecture from the University of Cincinnati’s College of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning and has held positions in several large cities, both domestic and abroad. His passion for modern design is heavily influenced through his travels and ongoing study of mid-century modern architecture in Southern California. His studio specializes in modern residential + commercial projects and modern furniture that is handmade in the United States.