This table is inspired by the richness and poignancy of the rituals around dining and the frustration that the impediments the typical table often places in the way of these rituals.
The arrangement of the people around a table is determined by the location of chairs, which, in turn, are governed by the legs. Placing the legs at the extreme corners allows for the maximum variation of social patterns.
Additionally, the apron of the typical table, an untimely discovery of knees, is made unnecessary by exploiting the structural integrity of the tabletop, which by virtue of the 'keel' allows for an unusually long span. Eliminating the apron not only makes the table more comfortable, it allows for the tabletop to be a more assertive expressive component, accentuating the surface that every gathering has in common.
The tabletop material, a fumed oak veneer over a torsion box, carefully wraps around the fileted edge, enhancing its 'taughtness' like a stretched fabric.
Pamela Butz, Jeff Klug, Spencer Howe
Project Dates: 2015
Fabricator: Phil Morse
Photographs: Hornik Rivlin Studio