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Take That, Ikea: Joe Doucet Creates A $20K Flat-Pack Table

In Joe Doucet’s hands, flat-pack furniture goes glam (and gets verrrrrrry expensive).

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Think about flat-pack furniture, and what springs to mind but some cheap, plywood chair that looks like a high-school kid’s final project in shop class? Sure, there’ve been plenty of variations on the theme, a few of them nice enough. But mostly, the designs are flimsy and, worse, disposable, which defeats the whole point of flat-pack furniture in the first place: to slash carbon emissions.

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Joe Doucet’s WL01 “ScrewTop,” then, is something approaching radical: It’s a customizable, flat-pack table that no one would dream of throwing away. That’s because it’s made out of spectacularly sturdy materials, like beechwood, brass, and bronze. It’s drop-dead gorgeous, what with its delicate tapered legs and glittering hardware. And, oh yes, it costs $20,000. $20,000.

Insane? God, yes. But you’ve got to assume that whichever Rich Uncle Pennybags buys this thing will hold onto it like it’s a prenup, forever and ever, which means it won’t end up in a landfill. Bonus: He saves a little dough on shipping! WL01 is made to order in beechwood with a matte lacquer finish, and brass, bronze or steel hardware. More info here.

[Images courtesy of Joe Doucet]

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Suzanne LaBarre is the editor of Co.Design. Previously, she was the online content director of Popular Science and has written for the New York Times, the New York Observer, Newsday, I.D

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