Table Tops

The beauty of real materials is that they were once living and continue to be so. They come with their own features and are bound to adapt and change with the climate that they are in. Even the most seasoned wood often expands and contracts over time. Sometimes that causes cracks at the joints, which are more evident on plain surfaces like table tops. You can read more about the considerations of true wood furniture on our blog.

Just like any natural material, you will notice variations in your wooden pieces over time. These are not imperfections, but indications that your piece has been made with pure materials sans toxic treatments. 

Everything in life comes with its own rewards and follies. Here are our table tops, their styles, their advantages and disadvantages.

Furniture and table tops, just like anything else are subject to damage. Physical damage by sharp objects, very hot pans, moisture, and other unmentioned factors will will be detrimental to the table top. 

 

Wood planks

 

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This top consists of wooden planks joined together at the hidden side. We use very traditional joints and avoid toxic adhesives and sealants. 

Advantages - This is a very traditional way of creating table tops. The top is made in pure wood, so can be repaired any number of times with the help of a painter. 

Disadvantages - As shown here, these tops even when made of the most seasoned wood sometimes expand and contract, which causes joints to be seen. In very rare cases, the tops get a little indent in them. Though we do not see this a disadvantage, it is not suited for those who seek to maintain the flawless look. In most cases, these tops perform very well and don't get any sort of damage.

 

Marquetry

 

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Marquetry is a very important historical technique popular in the Louis XV era. From basic geometric patterns to complex floral designs, marquetry uses veneers or different woods to form decorative designs.

Advantages - This technique results in fine table tops that represent high artistry. Various classic patterns are possible in the top and can be customised based on the shape and the dimension of the top. It is the most suited top for the moisture and humidity of India. It is best with the stained wood look rather than painted. 

Disadvantages - While the frame of the top is wood, the base of the table top is wooden board. Excessive moisture for instance keeping a live plant, with the base directly resting on it could cause serious unrepairable damage to it.  

A basic chevron marquetry top can be furnished complimentarily. Other patterns and designs come with additional charges. 

Parquet 

 

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Parquet is similar to marquetry but consists of solid pieces of wood arranged in a geometric pattern. In marquetry, it is not solid wood but rather a top layer or veneer of wood which forms the pattern. Parquet is usually found on flooring and the tops of country furniture. 

Advantages - This is the authentic way of creating table tops which last a lifetime. These table tops are a work of art and genuine artisanship. A variety of classic designs, such as the herringbone shown here can be customised based on dimension and design of the table top. The table can withstand damage and be repaired several times, since it is made of authentic wood.  

Disadvantages - The parquet top, much like an authentically made parquet floor, has a tendency to open and expose joints (as can be seen in the photos above.) These are not cracks or flaws. A minor rubbing, which can be achieved by a painter in two hours can fill these gaps if they appear. 

We would only recommend this top if you appreciate the craftsmanship that goes into it and the features of real wood. This is a dynamic and living top with its own unique features and it is not sensible to invest in this top if you would find that a hassle. A marquetry top can create a similar look with less maintenance. 

Parquet tops start from INR. 1200/sq ft based on the selected pattern

 

Laminate sheets 

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Laminate is an artificial top made of plastics and glue on a wooden board.

Advantages - Since they are artificial, these tops do not show any cracking or opening as you would see in solid wood tops. They stay very clean, and give a flawless look. They can be painted in any colour or given a wood stain. 

Disadvantages - Although the frame is wood, the top itself does not have a lot of wood. If one scratches through the veneer or the laminate, it would be a wood-based board. Excess moisture and  heat or physical damage will cause the surface to be permanently damaged. Any deep damage to this top is not repairable at all without getting a new top layer installed. We don't particularly love this top style owing to its lack of authenticity but we furnish it on request. 

 

Special Finishes- Scagliola

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Special finishes such as scagliola (faux marble) can be furnished on request. Scagliola is wood which has been painted to look like marble. It takes several stages of painting to furnish this top and in the XVIII century, these tops would be several times more expensive than real marble. The beauty is in the artisanship that goes behind several rounds of painting to achieve these tops. These tops are priced on a case to case basis. We would be happy to share a quotation based on your requirements.