‘Chang Thai’ Coffee Table / Bench
Functional Art in Reclaimed Wood
‘Chang‘ in Thai language means elephant. This coffee table, also usable as a bench, is named after the incredible texture in this antique slab of Hopea wood, which emulates the skin of an elephant. Originally a platform table from Ubon Province, Thailand, the slab is estimated at over 200 years old. During the time this tree once lived and was felled, elephants reigned the jungles. Due to massive deforestation, barely more than 3,000 elephants now survive in the country. Perhaps the spirit of the elephant is embedded in this timber…
An actual piece from the ancient Thai Temple ‘Wat Mahatat‘ in Ayuthaya province is inlaid into the underside.
The base is constructed from solid brass polished, to evoke the golden glow and geometry inspired by Thai Temples. It is left unsealed in its raw form, to allow for the natural transformative process of patina.
- Reclaimed Hopea wood
- Length 156 cm x Width 43/60 cm x Height 47 cm
- Base 10 mm solid brass bar
- Original finish on top. Natural plant based oil on the underside
*Images by: Faisal Malik Design, Functional Art – Furniture Maker in Bangkok