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One-of-a-kind furniture from Smoke by Shou Sugi Ban Gallery

The finely crafted Live Edge chairs and tables are so unique, they blur the boundary between functional object and art.

Text Janice Seow

Homeowners these days are not just more savvy when it comes to their home purchases, but an increasing number are also desiring unique, statement-making designs with a story to tell.

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Live Edge Suar wood coffee table with pencil legs and a teak wood single sofa with faux leather upholstery

At Smoke by Shou Sugi Ban Gallery, one will be hard-pressed to find any two products that look the same. Many of the furniture pieces here are made lovingly by hand, using the technique of shou sugi ban. This centuries-old craft from Japan involves exposing the surface of solid wood to an open flame to burn off the moisture and char the surface. While it was originally invented as a way to prevent fire hazards, the charring effect can also create decorative embellishments on furniture, as seen in the collections produced by the creative folks at Smoke by Shou Sugi Ban Gallery.

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(Left) Live Edge stool in Mahogany wood. (Right) Live Edge side table in Suar wood with charred wood support

The company carries a wide variety of designs, with many made from wood sourced from around the region. Some of their latest products include the Live Edge range of affordable tables and chairs. Made of high quality solid Suar and Mahogany wood, the Live Edge products are paired with uniquely designed leg supports that give these objects their distinctive character.

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(Left) Live Edge side table in Suar wood with charred wood support (natural finish tips). (Right) Live Edge side table in Suar wood with charred wood support (white finish tips)

Some of the pieces bear the ‘shou sugi ban’ touch, while others take on a modern edge with diamond steel legs. One thing’s for sure, whichever you decide to go with, you’ll be taking a functional piece of art home with you.

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(Left) Live Edge side table in Mahogany wood with inverted diamond steel support. (Right) Live Edge high table in Mahogany wood with double diamond steel support

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