Shaped by nature: Studio DUNN’s Kujira coffee table

Studio DUNN launched the Kujira coffee table. Created by designer Asher Dunn, the new table was inspired by nature and influenced by both mid-century Danish and Asian designs. Studying plant and animal life, Dunn examined the skeletal structure of whales to shape his work, as well as river stones, sea glass and driftwood. But the primary design influence was the whale, including the name, Kujira that means whale in Japanese.

This influence can be seen in the overall shapes of the tabletop and legs which mimic the whale’s proportions and fin shapes. The animal's sloping shapes influenced the edge detailing on the table. The arc of the table legs curving down to the floor was derived from skeletal shapes, particularly the rib cage. The way the tabletop and leg segments meet was derived from a whale’s closed mouth that has a deep disappearing shadow line. 

Incorporating traditional solid hardwood construction with modern bent lamination techniques, the Kujira coffee table is 56 inches long, 18 inches deep and 16 inches tall. The table is offered in hand-selected boards of either Walnut or White Oak, as well as subtle brass details. 

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Studio DUNN is an American furniture and lighting design firm established in 2010 by designer Asher Dunn.