Philip Dobbins’ console table is an elegant, classic design with many traditional elements such as precision fitted drawers and ebony corner stringing, yet it embraces modern technology at every turn. CNC machining has enabled him to push and evolve his original 1990’s design concept, whilst the engineered Italian poplar veneer is a modern take on an ancient technique.
Veneer work features very strongly in Philip’s work and the selection of a concrete-grey veneer that has the visual appearance of textile, almost more than of wood, is quite an exciting development. This textile like pattern is formed by repeatedly laminating and then slicing the veneer at different angles until the final veneer is achieved.
The engineered veneer inside the drawers is a ‘busier’ example that Philip says he couldn’t resist using. Inside the drawer was the only place he could put it though that didn’t make his eyes go funny!
The curves of the carcass have been formed using a mould and vacuum press. Several thin layers of wood called laminates are glued and placed inside a large bag with the mould and the air is then sucked out. The pressure created by the vacuum bends the laminates around the mould and holds them in place. Once the glue has dried, the laminates are locked in place and retain the form of the mould, leaving a curved piece that has the thickness of all the thin layers of wood combined.