Michael Dreeben is a furniture designer and sculptor in Chicago, Illinois. The teak coffee table showcases his ability as a master woodworker. This piece strikes me in two ways that create a contrast and at the same time draw me in to the beauty of the table. The top of the coffee table has strong influences from nature. The boards on top look as though they came off of the tree in their natural state and have been place here as a testament to their inherit beauty. The rest of the coffee table creates the contrast. It is perfectly constructed, arranged, and aligned into a planned project. The boards on the bottom are meticulously arranged so that there is no margin of error between them. The remaining frame as well is put together very carefully creating a perfectly balanced object. So at the top you have nature, and beneath you have planned construction and arrangement of shapes.