I often place what I consider to be good design into one of two categories: 1) So brilliant and complex that I wonder how they ever conceived of it, and 2) So simple that I wonder why no one had thought of it before. These two tables designed by One & Co. fall into the latter category.
Produced by Council, a furniture company whose somewhat paradoxical solution for promoting modern American design is to assemble "a melting pot of pieces by designers from around the world," the Periodic table (above) and the 47 table (below) both consist of wood coated in silver.
The knots, cracks and grain in these chunks of Douglas Fir contrasted with the sleek shine of the silver is a perfect harnessing of two distinct materials. I also dig that the Doug is reclaimed and decades-old.