This is a table designed by Alcarol. It made from oak wood of Venetias poles named bricole. The damaged wood provides a unique pattern while the resin keep it clean and usable. You can see the video here.
In Venetian seafaring language, the ‘chimenti’ are the gaps between the boards forming a ship’s planking. Waterproofing of the ship’s structure take place at the hand of master caulkers who, using a mallet, stuff the gaps with oakum soaked in tar and colofonia, a transparent vegetable resin.
Not unlike the work of master caulkers, who seal the chimenti in order to render the ship’s structure functional, the manufacture of this table entails a modern sealing process to make the table-top functional.The old craft is rendered, through a modern key, into the elaborate and patient craftsmanship of filling the empty spaces with a present-day resin which looks like water and has glass consistency: an epoxy bi-component, certified non-toxic, able among other things to bring the edge of the planks back to the original look and conditions of the submerged bricola, washed by the Laguna’s water, and thus transforming the table top in a kind of subaqueous section of Venetian bricolas, suitably functional and highly poetic.
The Chimenti table is made of three Venetian bricola planks with natural edges, obtained by plainsawn and then submerged in a special mould filled with resin. An elaborate and patient craftsmanship is used to ensure that, by the time the resin has completely set, it has been pushed into all air pockets and all slots between planks. Chimenti intends to maximise the value of such interstitial spaces which bear the history of this exclusive timber, corroded by salt on its surface and sculpted by Teredo Navalis.
The Chimenti base, simple and respectful of its historical baggage, is made of two steel sheet tapes, exactly the same as those used in the Laguna to join the bricolas together, but, in the Chimenti base, the tapes are concertina folded in order to support each individual plank independently, granting it freedom of movement, shrinkage and tangential swelling, which are typical of solid wood exposed to humidity in the environment. This geometry also allows the eye and the light to travel through every single chimento without being hindered by structural interruptions, thus preserving the pure poetic feeling of threshold, passage and glimmer.
The solid “Bricola” oak used in this table is natural on the section plane as it was not wet and covered by the resin and is only protected with an invisible matte finish, water base, extremely durable.
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