I had the pleasure of designing this and another side table for someone who I know right away did not fit any molds and took pleasure in having unique, finely crafted objects. I have tons of tropical hardwood logs in my private stash left over from some of Miami’s hurricanes and land development and as you can see I used some choice mahogany for this table. It is a much higher quality of mahogany than what is imported from South America and is a variety nearly extinct due to deforestation in Cuba and Haiti. The trees left growing street-side around Coral Gables, Florida were planted before the Castro revolution. My client was thrilled to know his hand-made furniture was being made from a tree that once grew down the street from his home and not from the Amazon jungle. Good design does not always have a rationale and I cannot tell you why I decided to put a large hole in the top of this coffee table. But after I did I realized that one could see the curvy legs more easily. This kind of commission is fun to do and is best done on request since the owner is the one inspiring the form.