Not your average side table

Evocative and eco-conscious furniture design
Abigail Peterson

This showstopper of a side table is the ultimate expression of love of place. “Anyone who’s walked through a Pacific Northwest forest walks out the better for it,” says artist Brent Comber of Vancouver, B.C. Painstakingly crafted from alder trees that would otherwise be lost to development, it’s a warm, rustic, eco-conscious art piece to treasure for a lifetime. 16-inch cube table, $1,110; Brent Comber (604/980-4467).