|Title||Paulownia slices coffee table|
|Designer||Daniel De Belder|
|Material||Pawlonia wood, Iron|
|Finish||Charred and oiled|
|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.