BY SCENE SHANG
Inspired By History, At The Heart Of Domestic Life
A dining setting with the Baxian Table (八仙桌, bā xiān zhuō), or the Table of Eight Immortals, and gate benches all around. One could go so far as to say that the Baxian Table was at the heart of domestic life.
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Timeless Design With Contemporary Purpose & Sensibility
Transforming the table is a simple lifting or lowering of the triangular flaps, and shifting the supporting wood and brass legs below.
SCENE SHANG’s award-winning pieces: JIA JU Rocking Stool and XUAN Table. The square table was first divided into triangles in the design process, taking inspiration from an avant garde three-sided mahjong table from the 1960s chanced upon at a Singaporean Chinese gentlemen's club.
“A table is often a focal point for gathering and where relationships are fostered. Now imagine if the table could also transform to encourage different activities, from playing games to eating and drinking and so on... these moments together create a sense of warmth at home.”
Designed & Made In Singapore
Ah Kiong, a master craftsman in his 70s, brings our design to life skillfully. He is also the hands and one of the living legacies behind the chessboard of the limited edition Brass Chinese Chess Set.
Prototype testing to ensure that the flaps can be folded and be stable.
Through several iterations, the perfect angles and shapes were created, and matched with a folding mechanism for the supporting legs.
Finely crafted walnut wood in raw finish, awaiting the finishing touches.
A careful and repetitive staining process highlights the wood grains of the breathtaking beauty. Labels are then added to mark the completion and authenticity of this masterpiece.
A Modern Day Masterpiece
The beauty, up close. At the center of the XUAN Table and away from plain sight, are compartments that can house mahjong tiles. Complete with drawers for game chips or to keep mobile phones.
Silver Winner at Singapore Creator Awards 2019. An extraordinary table — revolving around the harmony of age-old traditions and contemporary purpose, centered on precious kinship and love, delighting with a hidden surprise.