Horta Console Table


The Horta console table is John Piekaar’s main exhibition piece, made from walnut with tiger oak top and walnut inlay.


The idea behind this piece was to explore the various ways of creating curves in wood. By taking Art Nouveau and in particular the Designer/Architect Victor Horta as inspiration, John designed a piece in which the curves play with the eye through asymmetry to form a ‘harmonic whole’ with the structures in its environment.

The legs were hand shaped from solid walnut; initially the shape was cut with a band-saw and the form refined using spokeshaves, scrapers and hand planes. The rails were then bent using a glue-lamination technique over a former or mould. The top is made from a book-matched veneer of Quarter-sawn tiger oak with eye catching details such as two lines of walnut inlay running through the top and edges which are rounded over. The table is finished with natural oil.


Measurements: 100 (w) x 36 (d) x 80 (h)cm.

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Artist Bio

John Piekaar is a Designer / Craftsman of fine contemporary furniture. Based in a County Down workshop, projects are mainly undertaken with private clients. Work is also undertaken in collaboration with architects and interior designers. Inspiration is taken from the natural world or architectural details. Sometimes the smallest scraps of wood can inspire the next chest of drawers or hall table. As the projects are commission based, the process is a collaboration between client and maker. The design proposal is then supplemented with drawings, scale models and timber samples.


John Piekaar uses two techniques in order to achieve wood curvature in his main piece – cutting from solid wood and progressively refining the shape as required, and laminated bending, that is gluing together thin strips of timber and clamping them while bent over a mould.