The 47 Table is equal parts end table and material experiment, a striking piece that juxtaposes a natural material and a bespoke industrial process. Named for its use of the forty-seventh element on the periodic table, a silver surface envelops a solid piece of reclaimed Douglas fir using a proprietary low-VOC process. The 47 Table is a flagship piece for Council, a new American modern furniture brand. In order to capture a distinct American spirit that would distinguish Council from European counterparts, all the designers invited to contribute to the company’s collection were asked to design pieces under the theme of “Optimism”. Optimism is a traditional American value that has been overshadowed on the global stage recently; subsequently, the challenge for each submitting designer was to capture a unique interpretation of Optimism in the design. In addition to being a timeless and flexible furniture piece that can serve as a table or low stool in a variety of interiors, it is optimistic to think you can perfect encapsulate a natural and dynamic material like wood with a more controllable material like silver. Of course, through the development we realized that you cannot control or perfect nature. Tarnishing is an unavoidable side effect of the process and the wood withstands our attempt to neatly conceal it. At the same time, the result is a magical intersection between industry and nature, wherein silver and wood are complimentary and equally powerful.