How to Build Your New Modern Table for Under $500

 

I have always found that sky-high price tags motivate me to unearth what’s so special about the materials before they assemble into that several-thousand-dollar modern table I always ogle through the store window.

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Photo Credit © [Jeremy Shantz] / [http://jeremyshantz.tumblr.com/]
Collecting the pieces for modern furniture in a city that provides so much for free.

I have always found that sky-high price tags motivate me to unearth what’s so special about the materials before they assemble into that several-thousand-dollar modern table I always ogle through the store window. Of course, there are numerous other designs available before I exhaust my savings on this one in particular. However, I was set out to make this table within my means, to capture all the charm of creating something for my own space, processing raw materials and giving them form and purpose.

I have always been attracted to the perpetual esthetic of the industrial era, framed with cold cast irons, processed textures, steels polished to reflect like mirrors and the warm yellows and browns of hardwoods and reclaimed timber. These pieces radiate their character and are easy to spot among the countless relics.

Browsing the antique dives, thrift stores and flea markets will always be a superstore for which to start a modernist build. These gold mines maintain a steady inventory of retro, antique and art deco furniture. Designs of days gone by, when disassembled into their basics, were just the puzzle pieces I had been looking for. Re-using a glass tabletop, removing and reshaping the steel frame or legs, reconsidering a typewriter key or a reclaimed beam left on the sidewalk for tomorrow’s heap. Seeing an object as material and recognizing its potential for a new life is a slow learning curve. It starts with a leisurely walk through those same aisles, with a new set of eagle eyes and the constant murmur to myself, “what else could this be?”

I don’t let price turn me away from the furniture I wish I had, but more simply the modern stores with these very expensive price tags have become places I go for ideas on what to create next.
 
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