Stink Tree Coffee Table

Here is a quick question to exercise those gray cells – is the Stink Tree Coffee table a) cheeky, b) idiosyncratic, c) impudent, or d) all of the above? Personally I am not a fan of multiple choice questions however this Dylan Gold creation demands critical thinking and makes you wonder if artistic vision supersedes functionality in sustainable design. [via Yanko Design]

Stink Tree Coffe Table. Designed by Dylan Gold. Manufactured by Link Studios.

I am cognizant of the fact that A&D is all about expression and perception. So even though personally I see the table as an amalgamation of design, progressive vision, and creativity, someone else may it see as a "splintered table" with cracks. Both point of views are correct and though I admit the table's functionality may be subject for question, its ingenuity cannot. The Stink Tree Table seeks inspiration from the silhouette of the Tree-of-heaven, also known as Chinese sumac or the "Stink Tree." Made of solid mdf layers coated in automotive lacquer and clear coat, the table accentuates Gold’s novel approach to the structure of the design. One can also commission a bespoke of the extruded graphic, as the table is completely customizable and available in a plethora of shades, styles and textures.

Stink Tree Coffee Table

Dylan Gold is impenitent about his creation and even suggests a glass top or a dust brush to those who are worried about "stuff falling through the cracks." The table may be labeled as discordant from certain cliques, however by ignoring symmetry and flaunting his artistic impulses, Gold has managed to throw down the gauntlet to purists.

"Don’t use the table in a manner where things would get caught down there, and dont spill your drink, although a towel or dust brush can reach the crevices anyway. You can also fit it with a piece of glass if you’re that worried."

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