July 20, 2012

the big one

{my monster of a table top, also known as holy cow that's huge, or, is that gonna fit in the elevator?}





























Hello people, it's been a while. How are you? I've been happily busy, and now you know why. Yes, yes, I just finished the pattern on the biggest table I've ever built, weighing in at a whopping who-knows-how-heavy-and-I'm-not-eager-to-find-out, and measuring a solid ten feet long and six feet wide. If this table were a boat, it would be a ship. If this table were in my house, I couldn't fit in there with it. And yes, it's two inches shy of not being able to fit in the elevator, diagonally, so it's going to be a bit of a squeeze. Though lifting the thing will be hard enough, considering that four sheets of 3/4 inch plywood went into it, laminated beneath all that lath -- Yikes. Sturdy? Yes. Fun? Yes!

I love it I love it I love it.

So, take a look below kiddies, I do believe my lovely boyfriendy whipped up a silent stop-motion film for you all. You know, no big thing, turning two-weeks of grueling work into forty seconds. Why not?



Brooklyn to West - The Big Table from Ariele Alasko on Vimeo.


Thanks to Nina, who designed the beautiful pattern; Amelie, who helps me always; and Zay, who made the amazing film for me -- without you it would just be a million pointless photos sitting in my computer. Thank you thank you. You are the best. Now let's go out to celebrate.

47 comments:

  1. AnonymousJuly 20, 2012

    Oh. My. God.

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  2. so amazing!! love the table and the stop motion.

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  3. Whoa mama! I hope that's still around next week, I'd love to see it in person!! And the film is too cool.

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  4. It's gorgeous! Loved the video. :)

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  5. That is gorgeous!! I'm astounded by your woodworking abilities. You rock!

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  6. OMG, that is amazing! You are very talented, and the video was a great idea! Congratulations!

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  7. Absolutely beautiful table top!

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  8. omg... wonderful work!!!!! just shared the video on FB...
    big hugs and congrats!!!!
    xxx

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  9. Incredible!! Just like you!

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  10. One day I want to have a table like that. Keep up the fantastic work!

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  11. I love that photo of you! You're like a mondern day rosie the riveter!

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  12. beautiful table! :) i really enjoyed the video too.

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  13. Awesome! The video is so great... It surely took some foresight and dedication to set things up and commit to doing the animation but it turned out so beautifully. I'm always too caught up in the spirit of "git 'er done!" to fiddle with documentation, and I'm always sorry I didn't bother at the completion of a project! Congratulations on your biggest table ever!

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  14. dude. so freaking amazing. that thing is HUGE! did you guys measure out the elevator first to make sure it would fit before you built? crazy.

    also - i am pretty sure i passed you on the street the other day (monday?) in clinton hill (maybe we were walking on greene?) - or at least, i swore it was someone who looked just like you. said person was with a dude and both of you (or they) were carrying iced coffees.

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    1. K! Yep, we measured the elevator first. I suppose ten feet is as big as I will ever be able to go while in this studio, hah.

      And if said people were both tall -- the dude especially -- and if said people were indeed carrying iced coffees, then that was TOTALLY ME! next time say hi it would be lovely to meet you in person!

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    2. haha, i come in at a whopping 5'4" so pretty much everyone is tall in my book! though seriously, i'm pretty sure you guys were both tall - dude especially - so dangit, that totally was you! i'll definitely say hello if/when next time i see you on the street, would indeed be lovely to meet sans internet.

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  15. GUH! SO beautiful, omg. And that video is great!

    Congrats, you. Max told me about this beast but I'm not sure I grasped the enormity until I saw it here. I want to see the room it's going in now!!

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    1. 'Guh' just about sums it up for me too :) And wow, Max was the coolest {Ahem, cutest!} guy ever and it was super awesome and quite a surprise to get to meet him!

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  16. Just gorgeous, Ariele, but made even that much more spectacular by the VDEO! I'm crazy about it! Way to go, Zayzay! MORE MORE MORE! What a great collaboration.

    LOVE to you guys. (and, hullo, WHEN are we going to have a date in Greenpoint with Miss Amelie? Let's make it happen!)

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    1. SO happy you love the video! Doncha adore the little glue bottle dancing around? Quite possible that's my favorite part of the whole damn thing. Thank you for giving thanks to 'Zayzay'! He was quite pleased he got a well deserved shout out in the comments :)

      And yes YES! Let's do a thing, the three of us -- Soon! Soon! Coffee/tea/lunch?

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  17. A quilt table.......stunning!

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  18. so freakin awesome!! Striking and beautiful (and useful!) work of art. And I adore that photo of you looking like rosie the riveter. You can do anything girl!

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  19. Simply stunning work! That table is huge and i want it! :D

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  20. I want to be you. Thank you for inspiring me.

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  21. I LOVE IT!!! D + E are super happy with it as well. I can't wait to see the finished product. You rock.

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  22. AnonymousJuly 23, 2012

    Long time blog follower, first time commenter! This table is just insanely, ridiculously beautiful.

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  23. AnonymousJuly 23, 2012

    I am the future owner and looking at this table has made me weepy in a good way. Thanks to both Ariele and Nina for your incredible creation.

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    1. I am so very happy that you love the table! If you adore it even half as much as I do then we are off to a terrific start :)

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  24. wow, that table is so beautiful!!! i'm in awe!

    been following your blog for awhile and i love it. my family is going down to big sur for labor day weekend, and on the way down, we're going to eat at il vecchio! i'm excited!

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  25. two hazels momJuly 24, 2012

    your creativity and courage have woven together what would be at the bottom of a landfill ....thanking you for the planet !

    the pattern and energetics of this great table will help weave incredible conversations and bring together humans to share food and love. whomever your anonymous future owner is.....(fortunate and wise person)

    you are a force of nature...

    thinking about what could be done on the bottom, with only you and the owner knowing.....peace out.

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  26. That table is amazing and the pattern is beautiful! I really envy whoever bought that table!

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  27. Ariele...You are SO COOL! That table blows my mind, it's so incredible, and I love your craftswomanship :)

    I featured The Big One on my blog, in a post called Five Fabulous Fings on Friday, you can have a peek here if you wish:

    http://jesuisunemonstre.blogspot.fr/2012/07/five-fabulous-fings-on-friday-luscious_27.html

    Keep making awesome stuff! I hope to own one of your pieces one day :)

    Katie. xxx

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  28. It's incredible, your work is magnificent!

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  29. I found you via Design*Sponge, and boy, I'm glad I did. I really admire your work, and how you're just doing your thing. It's awesome.

    Beautiful tables. Maybe someday, when I have a real house, I'll be able to get one :)

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  30. You are one of my inspirations for my life-coaching post for today about being inspired. Blown-away. (Also learned of you on Design*Sponge today.)
    : : : :: : : :
    Are you on the verge of a light-bulb moment? I am! I feel like I'm teetering on something deliciously-fulfilling. Like an itch that needs to be scratched. Like the anticipation of a huge roller-coaster drop. I have been using my time today exploring websites and blogs of people who inspire me, whose work tugs at my core--their work makes me want to yell, "Yes!" I don't know what's next, but I'm ready. Find what inspires you and makes you want to yell, "Yes!"
    -Life Coaching with Amy (http://www.facebook.com/LifeCoachingWithAmy)
    : : : :: : : :

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  31. I just LOVE your work and pics!

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  32. Awesome - are you going to build the base for it too? Where does the client plan on putting this large table? Boardroom?

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  33. So incredible! I'm an admirer!

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  34. so inspiring. i love your creativity. i wish i lived nearer to NY so I could see these things in person.

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  35. So tremendous! I love reading and seeing your posts. I sit in an office all day ( in Chicago ), but when I see your posts it gets me really excited to leave work and go build things :) Where do you find all that beautiful lath? I wish I lived closer to see some of your creations in person.



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  36. Sister, your work is LOVVVVEEELLYYY!

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  37. what color is the paint color please on the wall behind the flower vase with the old saw next to it? Thanks.

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  38. That table is absolutely gorgeous but I like it even better up against the wall! AH! IMAGINE A FULL WALL OF WOOD PATTERN LIKE THAT SURROUNDING A STONE FIREPLACE! <3 I swear to god I'll have to do that in a future home that will not be coming my way any time soon.

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