News : A Refined Table Made of Concrete and Wood

Aug 7, 2012

Published in Portsmouth Patch

By Heikki Perry

SEABROOK — Known as a design studio specializing in handcrafted eco-conscious
concrete sinks, countertops, fireplaces, and architectural elements, The
Refinery Concrete is expanding its product line to include several furniture
pieces. One piece is a side table that melds wood and concrete, combining form
with function for everyday use. And it’s a work of art.

Called the “stump table,” The Refinery’s newest furniture piece consists of a large hemlock block, squared off, and topped with a piece of 4-inch thick concrete. The concrete – a fusion of natural substances that can be formed into any shape, color, and texture – is cast, finished, and sealed by hand. Other variations of the stump tables include steel hairpin legs, a furniture element that was first made popular in the 1950s and 60s.

“The allure and beauty of this table is the connection between raw, roughly finished wood and highly refined concrete,” says Kate Simons, co-designer. The table, along with three possible variations, targets customers in local furniture boutiques. “We love that it gives customers the chance to make a quick purchase and take home the table right away rather than waiting to custom order it.”