FireBoard’s New Conference Table is (partially) 100 years old
An enjoyable part of moving into a new work environment is the nesting process. Furniture selection is an excellent way to express our identity as a company. Our Director of Product Design and Development, Paul Skelton knows this well. While he was on paternity leave, offered up some design ideas for a new conference table.
What he proposed would be made from materials used in the renovation of the building, including steel, and tongue and grooved flooring that was reclaimed from a Kentucky bourbon distillery.
“Use your surroundings”
Furthermore, Paul’s design also is inspired by the visual vocabulary of FireBoard product design. The shapes and colors from FireBoard products, thus make a piece of furniture with connections to both the building and the company. The concept of “use your surroundings” was also an underlying inspiration to him on this project.
Paul started by layering up 3 sheets of plywood as a base and then lay the flooring pieces on top of the plywood. This resulted in a tabletop that is 3 inches thick. All of this he was able to accomplish from materials that were already on hand.
Over seven gallons of epoxy resin were applied to achieve a piano-like finish. Given the thickness of the wood used and the amount of epoxy, Skelton estimates the top alone to weigh 300 pounds.