This Tasting Table was a bespoke joinery commission for the prestigious Berry Bros & Rudd wine merchants of St James St, London, who are wine and spirit merchants by appointment to HM the Queen and HRH the Prince of Wales.
The brief was for a contemporary piece that would complement the very traditional architecture of the company’s Mayfair offices, founded in 1698.
It is based on a Kitchen Island or Bar Table concept with integrated chilled cabinets and three sides of seating (bespoke bar stools also designed by Thomas Crawley Bespoke Furniture). The unit was made with vertical English Oak panels fumed to a rich dark brown with a top in Carrara Marble, inset by a large single piece of Oak. The Oak insert was deliberately chosen with a long crack in order to heighten the aesthetics of the design and authenticity of the materials.
A few traditional Butterfly joints are hand carved and inset in a darker Wenge and inset, into the Oak top.
The top inset piece is flawlessly mitred, allowing the grain to continue down the front face of the fridges, interrupted only by the 3mm gaps between doors and drawers.
Berry Brothers & Rudd are delighted with this unique piece, which forms a practical and elegant centrepiece for their renowned wine, food, whisky and spirit tastings.