There is a hint of a tribal element to the Somber Man’s Table. The patchwork pattern reminds me of rattan furniture and thatched roofs. Yet this piece of furniture was actually inspired by the line-work of Sol Lewitt.
Domenic Fiorello is a designer/furniture maker based out of Rochester, New York, who used to doodle this pattern religiously when he was younger. It is no surprise, then, that he would reference it for at least one of his pieces. The Somber Man’s Table is, besides this very deceivingly simple pattern that gives it a lot of depth, has a pretty minimalist aesthetic. It makes it fit in with the rest of his unassuming furniture designs. Yet Fiorello, as demonstrated with the Somber Man’s Table, never forgoes a touch of whimsy.