We have worked with Karol Popek of Modelsmith for over a decade. He is a super talented craftsman in many materials but we especially like his metalwork. Karol has made 10 foot high blackened steel barn doors, delivered perfectly finished lacquer cabinets, and a slew of other difficult feats. At our restaurant for chef Wylie Dufresne, Alder, Karol made the bronze and rubber tabletops you see below -- and they are beautiful. JCA's concept was to make a 'built in' placement in the form of a removable rubber mat that sits inside a frame of patinated bronze - the mat can be popped out and run through the dishwasher.