Darren Myburgh and Ernst Mittermair
Arican Ebony, or commonly know as the Jackalberry Tree
The design of the trestle table converts the earliest forms of tables made from rock or marble around the 16th century, and later, a board of timber positioned over trestle legs, to a modern urban table suitable for a contemporary space. To comfortably suspend the slab onto the leather sling, the edges were shaped to mould into the leather. Turning them inside out and positioning it down the centre of the table ensured that the detail of the natural live grain of the original edges were not lost.
New double butt leather, shaped and moulded around the contours of the trestles, complements and beautifully frames the wooden slab. Black wax cord stitching rounds off this ensemble to match the matt powder coated legs.
The jackalberry varies from a shrub to a large tree with a long straight stem.
WHERE ARE THEY FOUND?
The tree is found throughout Africa and most commonly grows in the savannas.
The wood is hard and heavy with a fine grain, and very suitable for floors, high-quality furniture, cabinets, musical instruments and turnery. The trunks are also used to make canoes.
The wood is characterised by knots and ranges in colour from light reddish-brown to very dark brown – which makes it a lovely wood to create intricate carvings.