Model: ATOP PT20
Top: One slab of antique hardwood
Top finish: Hot waxed
Base: PT20 base, sand cast brass
Base finish: Brushed brown
Dimensions: 196 x 72 x 33 cm
(W x D x H) 77.1 x 28.3 x 12.9 inch
This Japanese inspired Low table is created by using an magnificent slab of antique hardwood from our collection (read more below on this). We finished it with a hot-wax technique, creating a deep and glossy surfacefinish of this extraordinary wood. We mounted the slab on sand-cast Brass bases we designed after a bronze Edo-period vase in our collection. (we are fornar antiques dealers). Our intention was to let the wood Stand out and wanted to balance this Brutalist slab, with very refined shapes. You will be the judge
P. Tendercool Atops– tables made with Antique TOPs
Bespoke, handmade tables created with collected slabs of Antique Hardwood ; sand-cast Bronze, Brass or Aluminum
Available to your order
Antique slabs of exotic hardwood
P. Tendercool, run by Belgians Pieter Compernol and Stephanie Grusenmeyer, is based in Bangkok, Thailand. Stephanie comes from a family of Antique dealers and for over a decade has been collecting truly unique slabs of antique hardwood. In many Asian countries families placed a huge low platform on which they'd traditionally sit to enjoy lunch, tea, dinner and in some cases to sleep on. In northern China these were often made in stone or bricks under which a fire was kept burning. Elsewhere in China, India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Thailand, these were actual pieces of furniture: huge low tables, opium beds, with delicate carvings, sculpted or inlaid legs, and Fine joinery. Some became true family heirlooms. Other than the function, our slabs have nothing in common with these: we first found some in North Vietnam, where villagers in the olden days were surrounded by huge trees. Trees they cut to construct their homes. Trees so huge that villagers would slice some into slabs and simply placed these on the floor. Functional design.
We estimate that about 95% of these wonderful slabs we collected over a period of 10 years are about one hundred years old. Inspection of the bottom parts show they were clearly cut by hand, pre-machine age...
There are never any traces of legs, nor is there ever any carving, just slabs of amazing harwood. The fact that these wooden slabs still exist is proof of their stone-hard quality, we are not talking pine-wood here: many decades of humid-hot, termite-infested surroundings have had no noticeable effect other than them remaining solid witnesses of a bygone era. They typically have a one-person size: around two-meter long, by about 75-80 cm wide. We almost always find them in pairs: his and hers, Ying and Yang.
By far the larger number of slabs in our collection is Chicken-wing wood, coveted and cherished by many Chinese as 'Jichimu' since the grain of this wood variety resembles the feathers of a bird. Next to Zitan & Huang-Huali wood, Jichimu has enjoyed a wide following and furniture made with this rare wood has been avidly collected since to the Ming-dynasty.
We currently own two hundred slabs, available for selection in our workshop, just across our gallery in Bangkok. We do not know of anyone who has such a large collection of aged slabs as ours. Unfortunatly the secret is out: we now have to pay double to triple the price we paid only a couple of years ago.
As former Antiques dealers we are convinced that our ATOP collection will be 'Antiques' to future generations: the wood is already extremely rare and about a hundred years old, the bases sand-cast by hand, and we will let you be the judge of the strength of the design ;)
Reason why every table created will receive our burnt-in logo and its unique number stamped at the bottom.
We are not discussing 'limited series here', every single table is unique.
Nope. All our ATOPs are imperfect and we would not have it any other way. Each slab has had a life before P. Tendercool, many generations lived with these slabs, leaving their marks. Slabs are never hyper straight and often are a little warped or show some minor cracks. If you like perfect furniture, do not buy ours. If you like character, personality and rarity, be our guest.
P.Tendercool ATOPs, especially our PT2 and PT1 - table bases, match perfectly with our Chairs models: PT40, PT41, PT42, PT43, PT44, PT45, PT46
Lead-time 12 weeks
Contact us for available options and finishes.
We can offer a specific quote within 3 working days. Forward your delivery address and indicate your preferred delivery means: Door-To-Port or Door-to-Door? Air-Shipping is not an option. Should you like to arrange your own shipping let us know and we will share crated dimensions and weight.
Your treasures will safely arrive on your doorstep. Inquire about our crate-quote and relax: each creation is perfectly packed and crated in custom-made wooden crates, we will send photos during and after packing. We have been shipping worldwide since 2009 and never, ever, had any complaint, reason why we suggest our clients not to bother with insurance, but this is your call eventually: in our experience as former antiques-dealers, insurance company charge a premium and turn in Kafkaesque red-taped bureaucrats whenever a claim is filed...
We have yet to come across The Perfect Wood-Finish. Prior to establishing P.Tendercool in 2009 our family had been antique dealers for over 50 years. We know a thing or two about Old Wood. Eli, our antiques restorer from Belgium, flew over to train our Thai carpenters in traditional Western wood-finishing-techniques. While we can offer Wax, home-made Hot-wax and are experts in the age-old French Polishing, about 95% of our clients prefer an oil finish. Should you be looking for a completely waterproof finish, you may opt for Water-based Polyurethane. All finishes have pros and cons, feel free to enquire for more detail.
But fear not:
No white gloves are needed to enjoy your furniture! Our furniture is meant to be enjoyed, used and abused.
Just apply your common sense: do not let spilled liquids sink in over-night, do not place hot pots and pans directly on the wood. Should you consider buying one of our creations we will explain in detail about the do's and don'ts.
Sand cast bronze, brass and aluminium
We are wood-specialists. We outsource the casting of our metals to a true Bronze-master: Armando is an Italian who used to work for Salvador Dali way back when...Craft any-one? He moved his foundry from Monza, Italy to Thailand now 30 years ago. His major client is the Vatican. We are truly blessed.
He is currently training our team so his vast experience will live on.
Please note that the sand-casting process is also completely done by hand, step-by-step, for each base: a traditional and time consuming technique which, as the woodwork we offer, can never be 'Perfect': our bases show traces of this technique: some air-bubbles remain in the metal, some weld-marks will be visible as will some tooling traces: brushed lines, some surfaces will be a bit more matte than others... Here too you will feel Real People's hands...
We take great care when we photograph our creations or produce our samples, but computer monitors differ, colors may not be exactly rendered and BLTs are created by hand, not by Robots.
Do check with us should you have any doubts. You are always welcome to pay us a visit, both our gallery and workshop are open to the public. Unfortunately, no photo can capture the look and feel of the real deal.