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G&T by Bethan Gray
Polished marble meets turned wood in a new furniture line
by Leonora Oppenheim
on 13 June 2012
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Discovered alongside Anthony Dicken's Tekio lighting at Clerkenwell Design Week was a beautiful range of tables by British furniture designer Bethan Gray. This capsule collection has been created by Gray in collaboration with furniture developer Thomas Turner and launched under their recently established G&T label.

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The G&T collection grabbed our attention with its considered offering of five minimal but luxuriously detailed table designs. The first four are called "Carve" and include two low coffee tables—one square, one round—and two smaller side tables.

Created in combinations of white and black marble with oak and walnut bases, the designs match sleek Carrara marble tops with smoothly turned wooden legs. Bespoke marble options are also available upon request. The fourth, rather more lightweight version of the "Carve" side table, comes all in wood.

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Another design, "Brogue", combines the wooden base of "Carve" with a finely crafted leather top, detailed on its edge with what Gray calls "an intricate wax thread brogue finished with a hand stitched detail"—a technique that is recognizable from traditional shoe production.

Gray describes the designs as a "modern interpretation of a classic archetype," based, as they are, on the traditional three-legged table found throughout her native Wales as a solution to uneven slate floors.

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According to Gray, the motivation behind the G&T collection lies in "exclusively using intriguing and seductive combinations of natural materials, adding exciting and elegant detail to create timeless families of beautiful products."

Bethan Gray and Thomas Turner got to know each other while working together at Habitat. Having both left that well known British design brand a few years ago to forge their own paths, they have teamed up again to make contemporary furniture that they predict will become "future heirlooms."

The tables are available from G&T with pricing available upon request.

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