imm cologne 2017: riva 1920 earth table floats 50,000 year old wood in resin

imm cologne 2017: riva 1920 earth table floats 50,000 year old wood in resin


imm cologne 2017: on a stand designed as an aged timber loft, riva 1920 presents classic furniture pieces alongside new designs, none made more significantly than with kauri, an ancient wood from new zealand. displaying the highest expression of authenticity and craftsmanship, a quality shown no matter what type of wood the italian brand are caring for, the ‘earth’ table was designed by CR & S riva 1920. the table top places the 50,000 year old kauri wood into a resin setting, making the material appear to float above the tubular base which was designed by architect renzo piano.

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the tubular dark iron base was designed by italian architect renzo piano
all images courtesy of riva 1920



reflecting a stylized image of our world map, the riva 1920 ‘earth’ table’s kauri continents float in the transparent ocean of resin. the use of the formerly liquid substance creates a fascinating interplay of light and shadow. the top sits upon a tubular base made from dark iron, with its welding clearly visible. the structure reflects its original design – the ‘antico’ table – which was an initiative for the ‘ground zero … ground heroes’ cause in 2001.

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the ancient wood appear as continents in a sea of resin


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the result creates a fascinating interplay with light and shadow


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top view of the table


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the kauri wood from new zealand is 50,000 years old


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the company shows great care and craftsmanship no matter what type of timber they are working with


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riva 1920’s stand at imm cologne 2017
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the italian furniture brand’s exhibt was designed like an aged timber loft
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