Furniture For Living Areas
A Gallery Of Completed Custom Furniture

oval koa coffee table
koa hall table
koa entry table
canoe table

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chinese coffee table
Planning A Living Area

Living areas have to be both private places for relaxing and public places where you are at home to the world. You’ll want the room to reflect your tastes and your personality. Your living room has to function pleasantly and unobtrusively. Whatever you doing, the physical layout should help to make your life run smoothly.

Sofas, easy chairs, work tables and storage units are call for fairly permanent locations. Their size and weight don’t permit much movement. Smaller things, such as side tables, drinks tables, occasional chairs and standard lamps can and should be moved about to suit any number of people on any occasion, quickly and easily. They give your room an immediately changeable character. Keep the the living area plan as flexible as possible. The more ways you can use any one piece of furniture the better. Avoid over-furnishing.

Seating

Seating arrangements are the key to a good living-room. Seating arrangements need to accommodate varying numbers of people. You will want to arrange the seats to make multiple conversations possible at the same time. For intimacy, groups of six work best. L-shaped seating, wall-fixed or freestanding, makes the most economical use of space. Two-seater sofas are useful because they take up much less space than do two easy chairs. More than three of four permanent pieces tends to look overwhelming. Occasional chairs that can be arranged to fit the group are a good solution to flexibility.

Select chairs and sofas to suit different tastes and purposes: lounging, reading, working, conversation. Try to imagine out all possible ways of sitting and relaxing before settling on a specific pieces of furniture. Allow every member in your family to test the piece for fit and comfort before you commit.

Tables

A table's use is determined mainly by its design and position in the room. Table surfaces that are both pleasant looking and tough will be used for everything, if they are well lit. Smaller tables generally come in a height useful for serving standing people or low enough for people seated on sofas or even the floor. Table tops should be an inch or so lower than the arms or the seat cushion on armless pieces. A shelf under the top can be very useful.

A central table should be pleasant to look at when not in use and people should be able to see other people across whatever may be placed on it. It should be high enough for informal eating without anyone having to bend double (its plan dimensions will depend on the available space). People should be able to circulate even when the seats are occupied.

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Flower Table

The design of this table was inspired by a pressed flower which is mimicked by the dished top's radiating veneers. Voluptuously curving legs and rails follow the natural theme. There is one drawer below the top.

Table - 20" x 20" x 30" H

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Corner detail of table

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Center Table

36" diameter X 30" H

Koa

This is a reproduction I built of an antique table pictured in "Hawaiian Furniture and Hawaiian Cabinetmakers", page 202.

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Upholstered Armchair

38" H X 22" D" X 24" W

Koa and base fabric of muslin. A custom design originally conceived to accompany a desk. It can also serve as a side chair or dining chair.

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The Game Table with Matching Chairs
(closed position)

Koa Game Table with Four Chairs
A Peter Naramore Original Design

Hibiscus and maile vine marquetry surround the top of this elegant table. The center lifts out to expose an inlaid backgammon board of contrasting koa veneers or reverses for a checkers or chess playing surface. Ends of the table lift to access storage wells for the game pieces.

The entire set of furniture was built from a single koa log to maintain beautiful, uniform grain and color.

The four custom designed arm chairs are generously sized for comfort and upholstered with a tough and beautiful vine motif fabric.

Table - 37" x 37" x 29 1/2" H
Chairs - 22" W x 19 1/2" D x 37 1/2" H


The Game Table in Chess Position

Corner Detail of the Game Table
(showing hibiscus and maile vine marquetry)

The Game Table in Backgammon Position

Detail of the corner marquetry
(hibiscus blossom marquetry figure)

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The Game Table Interior

Award winning Game Table at the
Maui Woodworker's Guild First Juried Membership Show
Jan. 13-Feb. 24, 2002
At the Schaefer Gallery, Maui Arts & Cultural Center
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Folding Card Table

Table - 36" W x 29 1/2" H x 18" D (closed)

This table was built to accompany the Game Table (pictured above) in an active and elegant family room that often required additional table surfaces.

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Detail of expanded table

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Library Sofa Table

33" W X 18" D" X 26" H

Koa with Ebony details. A small scale sofa table built to accompany a large reading chair in a home library. The lower shelves and folding wings provide plenty of additional storage and surface area as needed.

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Chinese Style End Table

20" W X 20" D" X 22" H

Mango wood with Wenge details. Built in a stylized Chinese form of mango wood to accompany overstuffed living room furniture in a modern interior.

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Koa Side Table

20" W X 24" L" X 18" H

This client requested a wedge shaped design to sit between a pair of upholstered armchairs.

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Console Table

52" W X 16" D" X 30" H

A custom table built into an alcove at the entrance of an old established family business. The reeded legs and curving lower rails owe a large debt to 18th century classic designs.

Chippendale Style Coffee Table

Table - 48" x 28" x 16" H

Hand sawn koa veneer top. Legs and apron carved from solid blocks of koa wood. Thomas Chippendale may have designed something like this if coffee tables had existed in his lifetime.

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Regency Writing Table

48" W X 26" D" X 29" H

A writing desk of light curly koa built in the Sheraton style. Reeded legs are stylized bundles of arrows, a symbol of power.

Light and gazelle-like in appearance. The top appears to float above its base. Polished ebony blocks captured in the curving rail are reminiscent of shiny stones from a riverbed.

Hall Table

48" W X 12" D" X 33" H

Koa with ebony details

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Chinese Style Coffee Table

18" H X 28" W X 52" L

Solid Figured Koa

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Oval Koa Coffee Table

16" H X  48" W X 60 1/2" L
Thick beveled glass finishes off the top of this custom table designed to accompany a large sectional couch.

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koa entry table Koa Oval Entry Table

48" x 60" oval

This table was designed for a large entry hall of a Hawaiian home. its inlaid top, central pedestal and carved base represent the abundance of the sea. 

The carved fish flanking the 'calabash' are Parrot fish,  a popular reef fish preferred by Hawaiian Ali'i chiefs. At the center of the top, surrounded at the table's perimeter by a school of snapper fish, is the Niho Palaoa, which is basically a stylized fish hook. Hawaiian royalty wore this rare sculpture as a necklace strung with braided human hair. 

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Canoe Table

20" x 72" x 30"

Hand sawn Koa veneer over mahogany marine ply. This table was designed specifically to accompany the painting by Norman Rockwell pictured here. The lines of this table reflect the long curves of the Hawaiian outrigger canoes.

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Koa Hall Table

9" H X 32" D" X 28" W

A custom table built especially for a client's hallway where a telephone and message center could be located. The entire table is made of two wildly contrasting shades of Koa wood.

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You can reach us at:
Peter Naramore
The Kingswood Shop
8900 Kula Highway
Maui, HI 96790
Phone (808) 878-3626 Fax: (808) 878-3626
Email: peter@peternaramore.com
www.peternaramore.com
© Peter Naramore 2004