BLACK, Interior styling, Interiors
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The Basalt table by Normal studio

Basal table by Normal Studio

Black dining tables and black coffee tables add, without a doubt, modern luxury to a home. The Basalt table designed by Normal Studio adds warmth and textures too.

Founded in 2006 by Jean-François Dingjian and Eloi Chafaï, Normal Studio is a French industrial Design agency located in Paris (Montreuil).

Both have designed products for Ligne Roset, Tolix, SEB, Tefal and more recently the stylish Mimic mirror for Muuto and many more.


Black table: The Basalt table by Normal studioBlack table: The Basalt table by Normal studio

Cut from a single oak trunk to get an even aspect, each piece is handcrafted and burned with a blowtorch (see video below) to get this deep colour becoming close to a mineral aspect.

Once finished, the designs retain their natural tree rings and represent the history, beauty, and destruction of nature….basically life.


Black table: The Basalt table by Normal studio

You can watch below how the Basalt table is made. It’s fascinating, don’t you think!?

Burn wood was also used on the outside of French Fashion Designer Aurélie Lecuyer’s home, a beautiful family home designed by Atelier Ordinaire.

If you’re looking for a similar finish for your home, Bois Noir in Gironde specialises in supplying Shou Sugi Ban wood, a burnt, eco-friendly and durable wood.

I hope you find this article interesting. Burnt wood is something that I find really beautiful and that we see more and more used in interior design.
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This article was first written in 2015, and has been amended and re-published in 2018.


  1. been thinking about you and your family…its funny you will feel like you’re living in a weird bubble for a while. Least I did. Just take each day as it comes. Some good, some bad but know that we are all here for you and obviously your family and ‘real’ friends are too :-).

    Try to find someone {a friend/colleague) you can talk openly to and let your emotions out because thats all part of the process and we tend to try and make things good for everyone else and forget about ourselves…think its a female thing…but you will need to take care of yourself too.

    take care, M x

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