Picnic Table

The pieces we made for this room bring the outdoors inside. The couple who commissioned us moved to Sheffield from the USA, and they wanted to evoke the redwood yard furniture of their youth in this dining table and chairs.

We designed the table along the lines of a typical picnic bench, creating a chair design that sits well with its apparently simple construction. But unlike the furniture that inspired it, these pieces are made from American red oak, sanded and finished to a beautiful lustre. 3mm wide strips of black walnut separate each stave of the tabletop, suggesting the gaps that a table like this would have if it were designed to live on a patio.

The bookcase and console table on the back wall finish the set. When extra guests arrive for the Thanksgiving dinner, this console attaches to the side of the main dining table to create two more place settings.