In the latest installment of our Studio Visit series, Keith Morgan of Bespoke shares about the inspiration behind his striking Regency Radial table.
Q: What inspired you to design the Regency Radial Table?
A: My childhood years growing up in Sicily and visiting incredible Roman mosaics have inspired many of our marquetry designs. Italians created striking patterns of individual pieces of stone and we simply follow on in that principle with wood. In fact, it was the building of Roman roads where the herringbone pattern in cobbles was first seen.
Q: Did you see a void in the marketplace, or did you design it for a particular project and then realize it had broader appeal?
A: This piece was not designed for a particular space or project. I tend to develop designs and then create the pieces without the impact of project time constraints. Once I am happy with a piece from both a design and constructional quality perspective, then I look for the perfect platform.
Q: What is your favorite feature or detail of the item?
A: The Regency Radial is a true contradiction in that it displays sheer simplistic complexity. The design draws your eye to the center focal point, where more than 100 pieces of veneer have to meld into each other. Everything has to be cut perfectly so the final keystone slides right in place. This is equally impressive when you consider that we cut all of our veneers by hand.
Q: The table really makes a statement, so ideally, how and where would you like to see it used?
A: The table is absolutely perfect for an entry when it's paired with a beautiful floral arrangement. We have also seen the piece used as a card table, a wine cellar tasting room table, and simply as a smaller kitchen table in a tighter condo square footage scenario.
Q: How does it coordinate with other items in your collection?
A: I view it as more of an art piece in style, being able to successfully contrast with a wide selection of other furnishings.
Q: Are you able to offer customized versions?
A: This piece is completely customizable. In fact, we just produced this in a square coffee table format, utilizing a material composition of Burmese teak and walnut. The parquetry pattern of the top can be adapted to many situations.