Title Paulownia slices coffee table
Designer Daniel De Belder
Date 2017 Februari
Provenance Hemelrijk
Material Pawlonia wood, Iron
Finish Charred and oiled
Dimensions 90cmx90cmx32cm
Weight 25kg
Maintenance soft cloth moistened in Marseilles soap solution
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A stately young Paulownia tree was struck by lightning. Sliced sections the undamaged trunk were recovered and left to weather in the pond for about a year or two. Dried and then charred they fitted well into a floral pattern and were mounted into a coffee table. Paulownia wood is extremely light and used traditionally in Japan to pack lacquerware, the seed used to pack china. The tree thus spread along the Silk Route into Iran and possibly reached Italy. Two old specimens ornate the gardens of the Villa Medici in Fiesole.