Brass Top dressing table by James Mudge

Cape Town-based designer-carpenter James Mudge crafts a delicate, contemporary dressing table.

Furniture designer and carpenter James Mudge's Brass Top dressing table is a paired down version of his original design, which sported a more traditional turned leg.

The new design has a slender, tapered leg and shows a more minimalist aesthetic that on closer inspection reveals a keen attention to detail. 

Mudge is well-versed in traditional cabinet-making techniques, which he employs here with contemporary flair.

The dressing table is made from solid oak and constructed using mortise and tenon joints as well as dovetail joints. The warmth of the wood contrasts with an acid-washed brass top.

Mudge's love for working with wood is in his blood. He grew up in the workshop of his family-run furniture business, Knysna Forest Furniture. He credits his background in architecture and engineering with influencing his design approach that he describes as "clean and contemporary, underscored by artisanal craftsmanship".

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