Meet the Holocene Table

A coffee table with a conscience

modern minimalist bamboo coffee table


The Holocene table is constructed as a series of 5 discrete bamboo rings balanced  perfectly, yet seemingly tenuously on delicate anodized aluminum supports.  The design represents a centered, currently stable earth under the weight of four barely balanced planetary boundaries that we humans have transgressed, leaving us teetering at the edge of the Holocene period, the only time in our planet’s 4 billion year  existence capable of supporting life. 

Climate change, loss of biodiversity, deforestation and biochemical flow have already been realized, leaving us at the precipice of an uninhabitable world. 

 "Thank You for Being Late", by well known New York Times Journalist, Thomas Friedman, is an incredibly in-depth and quite overwhelming analysis of the current state of the modern world and was the inspiration behind the design of this coffee table. In his book, Friedman eloquently discusses how society and our environment are impacted by the accelerating advances technology, market globalization, and industrialization. The reader can’t help but appreciate the delicate nature of the Holocene Era, which supports life as we know it. This table  represents the tenuous situation we humans face. 



holocene table being made



Each table is custom made to order at the Modify Furniture workshop in Bridgeport, CT. Materials used to construct this table were picked for both their beauty and their sustainability. 

Rings are made with sustainable bamboo ply that is hand polished with low VOC oil-wax. Aluminum rod supports are anodized by a unique environmentally friendly BioClean™ process. 

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