Design INSIDER #4


Welcome to Live Edge Design's 'Design Insider' monthly newsletter.
Latest creations and process shots (sawdust and all), designer meet ups, and insight into the studio.

SPOTLIGHT : Hospitality

More then just a pretty picture, this series of four tables were designed to flow together as one long table for 30 or four smaller tables for 4 - 8. 

A sleek, oppulent setting attracts and enriches a dining experience and the flexibility in seating options allows for extra revenue generation for the restaurant owner.

Pictured at the Atlas Steak and Fish restaurant in Edmonton.

SPOTLIGHT : Residential

This walnut bar table was made to measure with custom designed steel legs that intersect the table top. Modern, contemporary and highly functional!


ZGF Architects recently commissioned this stunning bookmatched table for their 'break out' space.


"Thanks so much for delivering the table yesterday, it is very beautiful and everyone in the office is super impressed with the quality and craftsmanship of the table! I am very happy with the slab selection and it is very much becoming a center piece. It was a pleasure to work with you, and I hope to work with you again for future projects!"


ZGF Architects, Vancouver






Before product construction cracking is caused by differentials in shrinkage between two adjoining parts of the wood.


Tangential grain (around the circumference) shrinks about twice as much as radial grain (on the radius), therefore end grain, including knots, always crack.


Uneven kiln drying can also cause wood to crack. If part of the wood is drying and shrinking and another part is not yet drying the still swollen part will inhibit the ability of the drying part to shrink, causing it to crack.


Finally, stresses in the wood can be released during falling and milling that can cause cracks. A large limb for example can apply many tons of gravitational force on a tree trunk. The trees structure has grown to accommodate this constant force and when the tree falls this force is suddenly removed causing movements and cracks in the wood grain.


After construction the wood continues to shrink and expand with changes in humidity. The construction of the furniture has to take this into account and allow free wood movement so that it does not crack.




Live Edge Design will be at booth 415 at this years Interior Design Show West.


Come visit us.


Register before September 1st and it's free.





This latest design by Live Edge Design features reclaimed timber beam and industrial style base. We're calling it our 'Cable' collection for the industrial style cable bridge that its form brings to mind.

This months header colour : 'Persian Violet' by Benjamin Moore
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100% Canadian Made
“... just wanted to let you know what a pleasant experience it has been to do business with your company, Live Edge Design. It's a leap of faith for most people to commission a hand made piece of art or furniture, and leave the choice of material and finish up to the artist or craftsman. The table you made for me has exceeded my expectations. It's an elegant statement of form and function - the silky sheen of the fine finishing is a delight to the touch, matched with the simple stunning style and rich character of the golden-hued maple slab top, set atop the bold lines of the sturdy ebony base -- which will be used and enjoyed for many years to come. I love it! Thank you”

Blythe Barlow