An innovative project by the students of the Building Crafts College, with American red oak

Sustainable furnishings in American red oak: this was the challenge suggested by the American Hardwood Export Council (AHEC) to the students at Building Crafts College (BCC), a school specializing in carpentry, masonry and construction in East London. AHEC donated two cubic feet of American red oak to each of the 20 students involved, asking them to create a useful table for the domestic environment.

The student Hamish Cock was influenced by the architecture of bridge structures for his low coffee table, reflecting this in the precise angles of the geometric red oak legs that form the base for the glass top. 

Matthew Hensby has designed a console table that uses American red oak for the majority of the piece. He also chose to incorporate American cherry drawers with walnut handles, hidden within an invisible compartment to aid functionality. The Companion Table, a multi-functional table with two removable trays, can be used as both a coffee and a dining table, in a project by Paul WonesAdam Whitfield has created a solid American red oak console table with a wenge insert through the center.

Matthew Dawson designed a standing desk with a Z-shaped ergonomic profile and a rounded footrest for added comfort, with a slot in the back to work as an integrated cable tidy.

Rachel Elston wanted to explore furniture used in the entrance to a home, which acts as a transitional point between inside and outside. The piece is made using solid American red oak with a delicate American soft maple weaving at the base to add contrast.

Sapphire Hales was influenced by the traditional Tansu cabinetry, native to Japan, for her Glade side table. The hand-crafted brass fences add to the aesthetic of the piece whilst also acting as a functional barrier. The middle shelf is veneered, while all the other elements are made from solid American red oak.

Jack Bibbings, finally, created a coffee table influenced by traditional 1960s furniture, with a beautifully crafted rolling tambour, made using solid American red oak interlocking slats. Jack’s T table has a playful nature whilst remaining useful and functional, including a bold blue storage compartment to keep remote controls and books in order.