Palo Samko clearly loves his work. Enthusiasm and joy are evident in every piece of furniture he makes. His use of wood, usually reclaimed, and metal is always playful and inspired. This is a detail from his Five Birds table, made in Claro Walnut. And it is not just the eponymous detail that makes this table so distinctive.
Palo’s approach to the integrity of his raw materials means making a feature of what some people would think of as an imperfection. That lovley slab of Walnut is far from straight, and one corner is missing completely. What is imperfection to some is perfection to Palo. That’s how Palo uses it and the result is a distinctive piece rather than just another brown wood table.
And there is much more from Palo. This is his Arrow Table, complete with metal legs, corner and patches and a detail in the middle which seems to be a nightmarish vision of an apocalyptic war. Not something you would expect to find in an average dining table, but Palo doesn’t make average, he makes extraordinary. And if you are wondering about the clocks in the background, they are Dali’s Clock, made from mahogany and leather, inspired by the melting timepieces in the Spanish surrealist’s works.
The world would be a duller place without Palo Samko. Ideas from the work of inspired artisans like Palo will find there way into mainstream furniture in much the same way as the apparently wild excesses of student fashion shows finds is way onto the cat walk and, eventually, the high street. But if you want something truly original, go to the source. Palo Samko’s creative brilliance is something we should all celebrate.