Gustavus table and bench - Trade-Made cafe' - Shoreditch
Gustavus table - private customer - London
Gustavus was designed to fit in the middle of Trade-Made cafe' in Shoreditch. The idea was to create a table that could stand up in the middle of the room without crashing with the existing interiors and with an aged rustic look without being too farm-like.
The top of the table is made of 1850's maple strips while the structure is made with pine logs finely aged by hand using a combination of natural expedients like coffee, black tea and vinegar. Copper nails and wooden plugs are final touches to gently match with the existing fixture of the space.
Gustavus takes its name from Gustavus Vassa, a prominent African in London, a freed slave who supported the British movement to end the slave trade. Gustavus once lived in Charles Bell House UCL Medical Sciences Faculty and that's where these 1850's maple strip has been taken from.