Featuring 50,000-year-old Kauri wood from New Zealand, Italian design woodshop Riva 1920’s “Earth Table” aims to be a stylized representation of the earth, metaphorically representing the continents and oceans.
The table’s top places the Kauri wood into a resin setting, allowing the material to float above a tubular base. The resin, which makes up the oceanic segments, forms an interplay of light and shadow.
The top sits on a tubular base made of dark iron. Designed by architect Renzo Piano, the Earth Table echoes the Antico table – also from Riva 1920 – which symbolized the tangle of rubble protruding from the collapse of the Twin Towers.
Kauri wood comes from prehistoric Kauri trees – buried and preserved in peat up to 50,000 years ago in New Zealand’s North Island. Buried by an unexplained act of nature, the trees have survived for centuries underground, sealed in a chemically balanced environment that has preserved the timber in perfect condition.