Inspiration comes in all shapes and sizes, but the most creative ideas are often the simplest.

That’s what’s so good about a coffee table that student Timothy Low from Singapore is making.

His idea came from wondering how, after graduation, he was going to transport his table back home to the other side of the world.

His solution has been to construct the table without any permanent fixings, so that it can easily be taken apart.

His coffee table incorporates a two-piece elm top, with an oak drawer which will have a sycamore and rosewood inlayed lid.  Everything fits together using either tongue-and-groove fixings or hand-crafted dovetails.

Timothy’s background in the offshore oil sector has equipped him with practical skills, and he hopes that learning furniture design from a European perspective will give him real insight into designing quality furniture for an Asian market.

However, his idea to make a piece of furniture designed for easy disassembly and transportation could also be a good business idea.

Timothy is hoping to finish his table in the next few weeks, and we’re looking forward to seeing the finished result.