Marc Fish’s Nautilus II Table

“Inspired by the coiled mollusk, the table is crafted from 4,000 individual pieces of walnut and sycamore veneer.”

Often described as representing “perfect geometry,” the nautilus form is one of nature’s iconic shapes. And the Nautilus II table, created by groundbreaking English cabinet and furniture maker Marc Fish, might be one its way to a similar status. Inspired by the coiled mollusk, the table is crafted from 4,000 individual pieces of walnut and sycamore veneer, all of which combine to echo its spiral shell. The table’s underside represents the ridge-like texture and darker color found on the surface of the nautilus’ shell (an evolutionary feature that allowed the inhabitant to blend into the sand and hide from its predators). The contrasting inside layer is seen through a glass top, providing a view of the proportioned sections that make up its unique coil. Originally commissioned for a beach house overlooking the English Channel, the Nautilus II, created in an edition of five, is being sold through London’s Andrew Lamberty gallery. Much like the rarity of finding a nautilus in nature, encountering the Nautilus II table is a beautifully startling experience.

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