Cast, Broken-Edge Table Adds Casual-Cool Vibe to Beach House

Scott Cohen cast shell coffee table

Scott Cohen cast shell coffee table close up

Scott Cohen’s company, The Green Scene Landscaping and Pools, is a premier outdoor living construction firm in the Los Angeles area, specializing in resort-style swimming pools and spas, fireplaces, fire pits and outdoor kitchens. He was recently commissioned to create a cast concrete countertop using a chipped-edge form he purchased from Brickform at the 2014 Concrete Decor Show.

Scott Cohen cast shell coffee table view if the edge.“I’ve purchased a lot of unique forms at the Concrete Decor Show over the years because you’re always displaying the latest products so it allows me to stay current and create pieces in the field that are unique and special for my clients that they don’t see everywhere else,” Cohen says.

In early August, The Green Scene created this 2-inch-thick, 54-by-44-inch table for a fine beach house in Oxnard, California’s Port Hueneme. The table was cast in three pieces — the top and two side legs. Cohen’s team built a mold from plywood with a rubber chipped-stone edge form, then poured in the mix and vibrated it to consolidate the concrete. It was hand-seeded across the top with all-sided mirror, numerous seashells, some clear recycled glass, mother of pearl and lots of abalone shell.

“It’s really hard to capture the beauty of this table in a photograph,” Cohen says. “It’s absolutely magical the way the color changes as you move around the piece. As the light reflects on the abalone it changes from magenta to blue to green. It’s really cool in person.”

Cohen says the table is “damn sturdy.” The legs are epoxied into the tabletop with dowels, and he designed it so the molds would incorporate the recessed channel to hold the glass. “There’s quite a lot of precision required to do something like that,” he says. The table was polished to 800 grit and sealed with a good-quality medium-sheen stone-enhancing sealer also discovered at the Concrete Decor Show.

“This is a beautiful table and it’s a great complement to the nautical theme of the house,” Cohen says. “I’m really glad we chose the chipped edge for this table because it makes it look really natural. It makes it appear like something we discovered in an ancient quarry.”

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