For my main project, I plan on creating a table that is able to double as a coffee table and extend into a taller, dinner/game table height via extending legs. I am hoping to create a unique piece that is both aesthetically pleasing by creating an artistic table top as the eye-drawing center, and is also functional in that it doubles as a coffee table and a dinner/game table.
I plan on creating a resin table top, which I think will determine the main aesthetic of the table. This aspect of the table is where I will explore multiple aesthetics. I am considering a few different artistic directions with the resin table top; swirled multicolored epoxy or a sort of collage set in epoxy.
The first idea is the swirled multi colored table top. There are two sort of sub-ideas that I have with this. The first is that I’m considering an acrylic pour set in resin. I’ve seen this done a lot before, where people mix different colors and pour it sort of randomly so it creates a colorful swirl. I think this would create a really bright, interesting aesthetic, that evokes a very positive feeling. The only thing I am worried about with this design is that it may be a bit too busy; that a statement piece like that would not look great in my living room because it sort of has too much going on. For colors, I think I would go with purples, blues, and black. The second sort of sub idea with this is to take distressed wood and do the acrylic pour just in the rough cavities of the wood. I think that this would definitely solve that potential issue of the piece being too busy, but in the end it could also not look that interesting. I did however see a version of this table (shown in photo below) where someone put glow in the dark powder in the resin, which could also be really cool.
The second aesthetic idea that I have is to go with some sort of collage set in resin. I think that this is a pretty cool idea because you could set essentially anything in resin, whether that be like magazine pages, old photos, or collected upcycled items. I think this could be a really interesting way to incorporate some of my different interests; as I could do like old pop culture photos or pages from climbing magazines or something. Again, I do have some concerns that this might turn out messy though.
For both of the artistic directions with the table top, I am also thinking about incorporating lights, I am still interested in incorporating the fiber optic cable lights that I discussed working into my final project in my last blog post. Either that, or doing LED’s like on the underside of the table. It would be really interesting to see if I could set lights into the resin or have them shine through to create a glowing effect.
Photo 1 – my own image