Julian Chichester - Riace coffee table

Steel surface squashes bronze base

A thick steel surface looks like it’s squashing the bulbous base of a new coffee table created by British designer and brand owner Julian Chichester.

The precise corners of the angular table top juxtaposed with the round, bulging base exaggerate the difference between them as one unsuccessfully tries to flatten the other. The surface has a matte black finish that takes out any shimmer from the steel, while the base has a lustrous black sheen that adds a sense of movement as it catches the light like a robust bubble with a thick skin.

The Riace coffee table is named after the Italian village where the bronze Riace warrior statues were found in 1972. It’s one of nineteen new releases from the British designer this Spring, all inspired by the craftsmanship and aesthetics of nineteenth century English furniture.