Cyclonic Side Tables (SOLD)


I designed these unique tables for an exhibition called ‘After the Storm’ at the Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh (Dec 2016 – May 2017). Several trees in the gardens were blown down or damaged during Cyclone Andrea in 2012, and this exhibition invited furniture makers across the country to enter designs using the wood from these trees. The theme was rejuvenation and regrowth and twelve winning designs were selected including mine.

I chose to combine timber from an Oak tree and a Norway maple and as it was storm winds which ended the lives of these trees I decided to make storm winds the inspiration for their new life in these tables. The maple has been cut, bent and reformed into legs reflecting the spiralling winds at the eye of a tropical storm. These storms have a terrifying power to destroy but also a beautiful and fascinating structure, with a wall of strong winds revolving upwards around a calm ‘eye’. The oak used for the circular tops has a ripple through the grain, which shimmers in the light adding to the overall sense of movement.

The two exterior photos were taken by Pavel Tamm at the site where the trees originally stood.

Price is for the pair. (A single table is £1950 and can be commissioned in your choice of wood)


Dimensions (mm)

550 x 550 x 850 (w.d.h)


Oak and Maple

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Alasdair Wallace

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