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Dane Saunders is a Vancouver-based furniture maker with the flair of an artist. The wares of his studio, Retrobound, are both simple and practical as well as sculptural and poetic.

The Beneath the Surface coffee table, for example, was inspired by Saunders' childhood. Before attending the University of Alberta to study industrial design, he grew up in a farm family near Edmonton.

The abstracted shapes of seed pods cut through the wooden uprights of the table, the stems extending up and across the top.

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Although the piece looks light and lyrical, with a dramatically cantilevered end, the slice doesn't reduce the solidity of the surface.

The table is made from plywood that is incredibly rigid, and won't act like a diving board for cats. $2,800. Through retrobound.com.

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