Ulmus & Fraxinus

Tea table

2022, par cyriaque ambroise
ulmus fraxinus tea table cyriaque ambroise by gareth hacker 01
Ulmus & Fraxinus
Tea table
London, UK | May 2022

The idea of this tea table is to highlight the fact that two tree species are set for extinction in Europe, elm and ash, due to a fungus spread from Asia by the global timber trade. It’s also a way to celebrate locally grown timber and the management of coppiced woods for their environmental benefits that enhance biodiversity and create a mosaic of habitats for wildlife.

Unusual number of five legs like the five fingers of the hand. The natural curvature shape and contours of the board rekindle our deep connection with the trees.

The cracks on the pieces are a reminder, or a quest, for that fleeting moment where we know how to recognize and appreciate the beauty of imperfect, ephemeral and modest things.

The golden luster of the hammered brass pieces symbolizes a stars constellation. Like little jewelleries they brings a refined touch that will take a nice "vert de gris" patina over time.