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Bespoke Brutalist Meets Japan Desk, Antique Hardwood Slab, by P. Tendercool

$15,000per item


This table was commissioned by a business leader in Malaysia, for his wine cellar. The client selected a rare and antique hardwood slab from our collection. The top is at least a hundred years old chicken-wing wood 'Ji-chi-mu' in Chinese. The client opted for an oil finish. We designed a base inspired by Japanese architecture and adapted the proportions for this table. The base was created using reclaimed makha Tae wood recovered from an old wooden house near Bangkok. Model: ATOP-PT31-CW-DO Top: Single slab of antique hardwood Top finish: Diamond Oil - we can apply finish of your choice (should you want any) Base: Reclaimed Makha Tae and Mai Daeng Base finish: Diamond Oil, (you'd like us to oil? Consider it done) Dimensions: 240 x 90 x 77 cm (W x D x H) 96 x 30 x 30.8 inch P. Tendercool ATOPs – tables made with Antique TOPs Bespoke, handmade tables created with collected slabs of antique hardwood and sand-cast bronze, brass or aluminums, or wood in this case ;) 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. 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 hardwood. 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. Which wood? 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 and Huang-Huali wood, Jichimu has enjoyed a wide following and furniture made with this rare wood has been avidly collected since 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. Unfortunately the secret is out: we now have to pay double to triple the price we paid only a couple of years ago. Collectables 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 ;) This is the 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. Perfect tables? 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. Lead-time 12 weeks Handmade, available to your order. Important notes Wood finish 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...

Customization Options

Contact us for custom size, variety of wood for base, or changing to bronze, brass, or aluminium base.


  • Creator
  • Dimensions
    Height: 30.32 in. (77 cm)Width: 86.23 in. (219 cm)Depth: 31.11 in. (79 cm)
  • Style
    Brutalist (In the Style Of)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
  • Production Type
    New & Custom(Current Production)
  • Estimated Production Time
    12-13 weeks
  • Condition
    P.Tendercool has collected 200 rare antique slabs of hardwood, all minimum one hundred years old. we have designed a number of bases which can be sandcast in bronze, brass or aluminum, Once wood selected we can discuss wood finish.
  • Seller Location
    Bangkok, TH
  • Reference Number
    Seller: PTendercool-ATOP-PT31.19.138-KC1stDibs: LU2561315604622

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    Customs Duties & Taxes May Apply.
    Ships From: Bangkok, Thailand
  • Return Policy

    A return for this item may be initiated within 3 days of delivery.

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About the Maker

P. Tendercool

Cross Cultural Creations, Belgians in Bangkok. Belgians Pieter Compernol and Stéphanie Grusenmeyer are founders and design directors of P. Tendercool, and work with talents from around the globe. Bespoke Furniture – Haute Manufacture. We create Bespoke. Handmade, made-to-order furniture for some of the most discerning interior designers, private clients and hospitality leaders. P. Tendercool creates tables of all shapes and sizes, leather chairs and stools, and recently developed their first collection of sofa's and daybeds. We use antique or reclaimed hardwood and honor traditional crafts: sand cast bronze and brass, true French polishing, home-made wax and the works. We do not participate at any design or furniture fairs and don’t work through resellers. Our creations are market-fresh, only available at our gallery or our open workshop in Bangkok and online. We design at our own pace and present new creations only when we feel we are ready. We make furniture we would buy ourselves. If we didn't like our own creations why would you love them? We strive to be transparent in everything we do: we offer great photos of finished creations, images of production process, we show how we crate and create, how we handle shipping and offer videos on how to unpack, mount and maintain our creations. We hate to be disappointed when we buy online, and know you do too. We keep our promises and respect our lead-times. What you see is what you’ll get!
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