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Millenial Transformer

A central foyer needed a modern, classic centerpiece that could shapeshift for special occasions.

In a gut renovation of a landmark west Pine Street mansion, there was room to spread out. The daily dining table, however, was limited to a certain number of guests against a built-in banquette in the newly remodeled kitchen. A central staircase led to a newly open foyer space, and there the homeowner envisioned an expandable pedestal table unlike any she had seen online.

Thankfully, the client approached BFA with plenty of time to explore the possibilities.* A custom quartersawn White Oak floor would be laid in a chevron pattern, so Walnut was the order of the day. The base design was less straightforward - the brief called for a table that would host floral arrangements on most days, but jump into utility for the holidays, seating twelve or more with four full feet of extension.

Over multiple home visits and meetings, the homeowner worked with BFA to develop a never-before-seen design featuring a graceful arching base of four fins. When guests arrive, the base would split into two parts to maintain stable overhangs, and a central 24" leaf would create a 48" x 72" oval capable of seating ten. For the biggest occasions, a second leaf and fifth leg (designed in a clover shape to complement the unique base) could form a 48" x 96" oval, able to accommodate twelve formally, and several more informally. Curved aprons concealed heavy-duty glides.

An oval isn't for every space, but when it's right, it's so right. Family and friends can see each other, and there's ample room for serving and centerpieces. On a daily basis, this smooth pedestal table is harmonious with the modern, classic interior.

*Pro tip: order your furniture as soon as you know how big the spaces will be. We are happy to safely store your furniture if (and when) we're done before the home is ready.

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