An 80-year-old teak wood table previously used by Singapore’s Chief Justices played a part in today’s historic summit between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. The two leaders and their delegations sat at the historic table during the delegation-level meeting at Capella Singapore hotel in Sentosa Island. Later, Trump and Kim signed a joint statement at the 4.3 m-long table, designed in 1939 by local craftsmen for the Supreme Court. The table is on loan to the US Embassy for the summit, and is usually on display on the Chief Justice’s chamber on the third floor of the Singapore National Gallery, The Straits Times reported.
The table has witnessed milestones in local history such as the appointment of Singapore’s first Asian Chief Justice Wee Chong Jin in 1963. The Chief Justice, the highest post in Singapore’s judicial system, would use the table in the daily administration of the court from when the court opened in 1939, until it was vacated in 2005 for a new Supreme Court building behind it. The table is made up of a single piece of teak wood imported from the region, which rests on two bases as support, with ventilation slits on the sides of the bases.