Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Modern Wild Looking Tables

"QUANTUM SHOT" #665
Link - article by Elena Pushkelia and Avi Abrams




Strange surfaces to keep your food from tipping over... supposedly

Since our last Psychedelic Furniture Showcase modern custom-designed furniture did not become any tamer - the wildest forms and strangest materials continue to appear disguised as tables, chairs and other humble furniture items. Underneath their sheer utilitarian, even prosaic, use there hides a STYLE STATEMENT worthy of late Beatles Sgt. Pepper... See for yourself:

Levitating Cube Tables by Rock, Paper, Robot have become quite a rage since Wired Magazine's recent exposure. I am sure it is an impressive piece, but


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Trinity is a variant of the award-winning 'Infinity + 1' table, designed by Jason Heap:


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Another interesting "Infinity Table" based on the well-known symbol of infinity, can be seen here (left image below):



Infinity Mirror Table (also seen above right) can be quite mesmerizing for those looking deep into it:


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(the Domino table by designer Chris Pritchard)

The Ripple Tables by Lee Rowland (careful with this glass splash in the middle!) -


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Rolling Table by Min-Kyu Song. "You can adjust the size of each table by rolling in more material from other neighboring tables. If you need to combine them, just roll them up tightly together. Even from a distance, you’ll always know which tables make up which conversational group." -


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This Bloody Table, by John Nouanesing, is positively dripping with menace... The "drip" table legs are part of the illusion, and yet they are fully functional – this table is likely more stable than it first appears (left image below):



The Hope Table (above right) is a message in a bottle, thrown into a limitless ocean. It was designed by Rafael Morgan as a message to young designers to never give up creating original designs. He says "There are great ideas everywhere, you just have to look into the right way. Maybe ideas are just like a message in a bottle, floating in the deep ocean, just waiting for the right people to find it"...

The Grand Illusion appears to be a transparent tablecloth hovering in mid-air... This illusory table uses the structural strength of the folded material to uphold itself - just like famous Baron Munchausen pulls himself out of a swamp by his hair!


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Below left: "running" tables by Korean designer Chul An Kwak. On the right: Link Studio's Stink Tree Table -


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Another Tree Table is by Sebastian Errazuriz:


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Here is a touch of class - the Grand Piano Table. To actually play this piano would be a problem, but for that purpose, there is an in-built iPod - and a lot of cutlery drawers:


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Enhancing table with some strange materials can be brought to the extreme by making LIVE FIRE part of your dinner table. Fire Table is actually not a fire hazard, eco-friendly and safe to use... It's made of natural veneer wenge and covered with the polyurethane varnish for increased durability, making it resistant to water, alcohol and high temperatures:


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The Small Toboggan Table (below left) resembles a snow sled with a similarly bent wooden shape. Just read the materials used for this table: "Blood Wood" and Amazaque veneers over laminated birch plywood... Designer Kino Guerin -



The Trapezoid Coffee Table by designer Nathan Hunter is reminiscent of the Mid Century design more specifically the Noguchi Table which features a polished wood base and of coarse a trapezoid top (above right)



Cardboard can be used as a handy material - making it portable, too: Portable Cardboard Table from Iceland: just don't spill your coffee on it -


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Eco-friendliness takes many forms:



Reclaimed iron fence table (below left, more info). On the right is a cool pink table, simple and nice -


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This "Precious Famine" table is made of Christofle silverware. Like somebody aptly put it, "Don’t drop your spoon on this table – you’ll never find it again".


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For all you computer graphics and 3D artists out there - this "wireframe" table is perfect for your studio. A New Perspective design by James Tooze:


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On the right is the famous Fractal Table, by Takeshi Myiakawa:


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Industrial Furniture is Deliciously Rusted

This industrial (many may say "Steampunk") style is presented by Stig (Bob Campbell) in variety of furniture applications - basically he can recycle your whole workshop and heavy machinery parts into eye-catching pieces of interior design:



Using street manholes as a base for a table? Why not? Old chains are also game (would be hard to keep a tiny espresso cup on this surface, though) -



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Dale Mathis Clockwork Table is a "must-have" for any steampunk furniture collector (if there is such a thing... I hope such collectors exist).


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Don't come close to this table! Sharp edges prevent you from eating, so it should be good for dieting (left image):


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Finally, truly an ALIEN piece of furniture (more info):




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