Intricately Engraved Tables Made with Traditional Wood Burning Techniques

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Husband and wife product design duo Matt Kennedy and Mix Sidthilaw-Kennedy are the minds behind Port Rhombus, a modern design company that melds classicism and technology in their furniture. Originally based out of Oregon, the Kennedy's moved shop to Thailand this summer in order to gain new inspiration and continue studying sustainable natural materials.

Their use of old and new is highlighted in their series of engraved tables, which give the classic tradition of wood burning a new twist. Using lasers to engrave the table tops, each piece is intricately carved in patterns that almost look like henna tattoos. Wood burning, which really took flight in the early 20th century with the invention of soldering pens, is an age-old tradition used to customize musical instruments, tools, and kitchenware.

Port Rhombus ramps up the possibilities, burning hardwood with lasers to great effect. Each piece is an artistic masterpiece, covered in hypnotic, mandala-like designs. The walnut or rubberwood tables have become a hallmark of the brand, and they've recently expanded into other pieces using the technique, such as an engraved nightstand. To see more of their work and purchase pieces, see their Etsy store.

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Port Rhombus is taking their wood burned tables to a new level by incorporating new pieces, such as this walnut nightstand.

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All images via Port Rhombus.

Jessica Stewart

Jessica Stewart is a Contributing Writer and Digital Media Specialist for My Modern Met, as well as a curator and art historian. Since 2020, she is also one of the co-hosts of the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast. She earned her MA in Renaissance Studies from University College London and now lives in Rome, Italy. She cultivated expertise in street art which led to the purchase of her photographic archive by the Treccani Italian Encyclopedia in 2014. When she’s not spending time with her three dogs, she also manages the studio of a successful street artist. In 2013, she authored the book 'Street Art Stories Roma' and most recently contributed to 'Crossroads: A Glimpse Into the Life of Alice Pasquini'. You can follow her adventures online at @romephotoblog.
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