An interesting article from the BBC of all places: http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-26881731
As the BBC article says, our table contains those traces of what we are and who we are. We, and our table, live full lives and we have the scars to prove it. Our goal with the pieces we design and create is to be similarly powerful. Brand new, they make a statement about how you care about design, how you love things that are different, and how you love materials combining and complimenting each other. As the pieces age, they have the capacity to take a few dings and gain some soul as they share their history with yours. Bring it on!