James Small



Bold, beautiful, and tenderly crafted: exactly what you can expect from Markian.

James Small is the dining table of designers' dreams, with hand-carved and finished bull-nose Marblo by Markian edges and a scalloped pedestal base that echoes the perfection of the simple shell.

Created for everyday use, the smooth and luxurious sturdy table top seats up to six people comfortably and is finished with Venetian plaster hardened for durability.
Customise James Small to suit your space with your choice of Markian’s nine colourways, designed to delight your senses and enliven your space.

Materials & Care

Marblo by Markian solid surface.
Environmentally friendly MDF.
Venetian Plaster by Rockcote
2-pac finish in matte.
Recycled Aluminium/stainless steel.

Avoid all use of abrasive, solvent-based or cream cleaners. Ensure that no hot objects, such as saucepans to come in contact with the surface finish. The surface can easily be cleaned using warm soapy water and a soft cloth or sponge.

Care & Maintenance Guide

Lead Time

10-12 weeks depending on volume of order.


“Enjoy failure and learn from it. You can never learn from success.” - James Dyson.

In 1978, James Dyson became frustrated with his vacuum cleaner’s diminishing performance. Taking it apart, he discovered that its bag was closing with dust, causing suction to drop. He’d recently built an industrial cyclone tower for his factory that separated paint particles from the air using centrifugal force. But could the same principle work in a vacuum cleaner? 

He set to work. Five years and 5,127 prototypes later, he had invented the world’s first bagless vacuum cleaner. 

James Dyson's life has been one dedicated to improving our world through technology. He was born 2 May 1947 in Cromer, Norfolk and was educated at Gresham’s School from 1956 to 1965 when his father died from prostate cancer. He spent one year (1965–1966) at the Byam Shaw School of Art and then studied furniture and interior design at the Royal College of Art (1966–1970) before moving into engineering. While attending the Royal College of Art to study fine art, Dyson made the switch to industrial design due in part to the tutorage of the structural engineer Anthony Hunt.

Through dogged persistence and what he calls ‘passionate anger’, Dyson has completely revolutionised everyday objects, such as the vacuum cleaner, the hand dryer, and the hairdryer. Dismayed by the lack of bright young engineers in the UK, Dyson decided to start his own Institute. The Dyson Institute of Engineering and Technology was founded in 2017 and is based at the Dyson technology campus in Malmesbury, Wiltshire. Students work in a position in the Dyson company for three days a week, receive a salary, and have their tuition fees paid during their four-year course, allowing them to graduate debt-free. 

Dyson is an ardent supporter of engineering, setting up the James Dyson Foundation in 2002 to support design and engineering education. Since its inception, the foundation has donated upwards of £38 million to colleges, universities, and schools, as well as funding different resources such as the "Engineering Box", a box filled with activities for a school to use as a teaching aid. The foundation also supports the work of young designers through the James Dyson Award, an international design award that "celebrates, encourages and inspires the next generation of design engineers". It is run in 20 countries and is open to recent graduates in product design, industrial design and engineering.

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Markian - Furniture is bespoke and handmade in our purpose-built Brisbane workshop and joinery. We are able to design and custom make just about anything you can imagine, including coffee and dining tables, sideboards, display cabinets, bar stools, sofas, outdoor furniture, and storage solutions.