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This credenza creates an optical illusion

After a decade and a half of anything, it's likely time for a change. This year, Robin Speke and her husband Thomas Klein, of Durham, Ont., are celebrating the 15th anniversary of their eponymous furniture line, Speke Klein.

But instead of cake and bubbly, they are marking the milestone by shaking up their collection. In addition to the modern, hardwood tables and chairs they currently produce, they are starting to produce digitally manipulated, computer-routed works.

The Flow Credenza is the first such piece. It's made from a gorgeous, rift-sawn white oak that has a graphic, vertical grain. As an overlay, the front and side panels have been pocked by a repeating, egg-shaped pattern. The ovals add a whimsical aesthetic, but also create an optical illusion: Depending on the angle you look at it, they either recede or look as though they're popping out.

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