Ultimate Composite Design Furniture Piece
The Chrysler Building is one of the most iconic buildings in New York City. It is a classic example of Art Deco architecture and is considered by many to be one of the world's quintessential skyscrapers. The building is located at 405 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY. It was constructed between 1928 and 1930, it is 1,046 feet tall and has 77 stories. The architect was William Van Allen.
We have created an artistic interpretation of this building into a coffee table. Inspired by my family's connection with the building's history coupled with a love for art deco and its architecture. We have created a table that encompasses not only our ability for composite design incorporating concrete, our proprietary translucent concrete, optics, wood, metal and glass, but captures the semblance of the building itself. We are creating a limited edition run of 500 pieces.
Concrete Ideas is bringing this table to debut at the World of Concrete this week. It is the 'World's First' table modeling a building. There is nothing like it out there. The process was long it took about a year from design to fabrication to get all the pieces of the table perfected. We plan on launching a video about the making of this table. We haven't shown it or talked about it with many as we were waiting for this venue for its first showing. Customers who have toured our shop during the making of this who have seen pieces and have shown the design to were very receptive of the idea of having such an iconic building represented in such a unique way.
The family connection with the building is my great grandfather, Marco Napalitano was in the sheet metal union that did the metal work on the Chrysler Building. Inspired by my grandmother, great uncle and aunt's stories of his life and how he used to always talk about how he put the eagle heads up on the building itself, the eagle heads were replicated from scratch (and slightly smaller) and a around them a table was born. Loving modern design and architectural concrete, and being masters at illusion, we wanted to make a furniture piece that not only that was modern, but reminiscent of Art Deco what better way than to make an artistic interpretation of the Chrysler Building. It is also a perfect piece to show as an example of our composite applications, and mixing mediums.