This is an amazing work of art. The Elepharaonic banquet table is a beautifully crafted piece inspired by a Dali painting. Before we go into details let me tell you this is another one of those stories with a mystery owner. UK-based luxury furniture maker SplinterWorks made the table along with 14 dining chairs as a custom order.
According to them, instructions they received with the order stated their client’s client preferring a table made of elephants with a glass top. So they got down to business to make one just like that. After an eternity of going back and forth with sketches, the client finally invited them to visit their place to get an idea. During the visit, SplinterWorks duo Matt and Miles saw a Dali elephant painting with distorted legs which immediately gave them all the inspiration needed for the project.
Elephants are a repeated theme in Dali paintings and most of them with spindly legs. Those same skinny legs hold the Elepharaonic table together. Each bronze-made part of the table is hand-sculpted using lost-wax process, which also helped create individual characteristics in elephants. The liquid gold finish has given it not only the opulent look but sculptural form too.
To give leaves its beautiful green patina they had to speed up the ageing process, they achieved it by using a chemical solution. Besides being decorative, lively crystalline dew drops on leaves are there to catch light from above. The ensemble of elephants, handmade blown glass balls and leaves offer striking views when looked through the glass top.
The chairs with velvet covered cushions feature armrest balls with an understated profile of an elephant’s head. The entire piece is a collection of art that no about double up as a great conversation piece. The Elepharaonic banquet table alone costs £99,330 (about $128,000) and a chair £5,226 ($6,700) at Minimal Home. Or you can order directly from SplinterWorks – perhaps a more customized version of the Elepharaonic.