Dining Table

Time For Dinner.

Almost a year ago, we set out on the quest for a dining room table that would fit in the new house. Originally I wanted to get the Noguchi Cyclone table, but after 9 months of consideration, we backed away from it. At the end of the day, the 42 inch diameter table was to small, and the opaque top seemed to visually clog the space where it would go. So we started looking for glass tables that would work, and really found nothing that was in our budget and still looked good. You would think that finding a table is an easy process, but hell no. Seriously, you measure and think it will fit. It’s to small or to big. It won’t seat six, it looks to clunky, it’s overpriced and cheaply made…  The list goes on and on.

Well finally we found something that will work, and it came from of all places Crate & Barrel. ( Now, Crate & Barrel fans don’t get all uppity on me. I love loads of things that Crate & Barrel makes. I think they are a great example of how to bring modern design to the main stream market. So cool down if you are getting upset ). We ended up getting the 70 inch Strut Work Table, and it is a perfect fit. The width and length works well in the space. The glass top allows it to visually disappear, but this might change when the chairs go in under it. The good thing is, we now have room for  6 guests for dinner. The bad news is now I have to buy a bunch of chairs.

Struttura Due. Solid, Skeletal, Functional.

For those lucky enough to be in Milan right now for the Furoisalone conference you might have had the opportunity to see Davide Vercelli’s table design for Libero Stile.

Struttura Due is absolutely stunning. Manufactured from nickle plated steel and glass, this table creates subtle visual plays with light and shadow. Massive in structure and yet so light in feeling this table is made by bending a zoomorphic shape cut from one piece of steel, which is intersected with a series of ribs that support the glass top.

I love the look from above. It reminds me of dinosaur skeletons at the natural history museum. Light, and yet at the same time conveying a sense of weight and density that feels solid.

The table is adjustable, with the center spine allowing the height to be modified with the simple adjustment of a set of bolts on the inner part of the legs with a simple wrench. A graduated scale makes the horizontal alignment of the top easier to do.

Design Friday.

Foster+Partners designed the Arc Table for the Italian manufacturer Molteni&C.

arc_231009_01Inspired by the semi temporary fabric structures, which are increasingly used in contemporary architectural design, (think Crown Center Ice Skating rink) the base is soft, fluid table. I love the undulating geometry of the intersecting parabolic arcs that are wrapped over the sub-frame. The images of the table remind me of George Nelson Bubble lamps in their simplicity, and how the light plays off of the stretched white fabric.

The base is made of an innovative material of composited  cement and organic fibers, the material is resistant and elastic at the same time. It lends itself very well to complex geometric  structures. The material  is also waterproof, and the pigment dyed base in white and two tones of gray, ensures the color stays color fast throughout its lifespan, and in exposure to direct sunlight. Because of this the base  materials make this a perfect candidate for  outdoor use.

Arc complements its base with a tempered glass top, in sizes of  140 or 150 cm in diameter. The glass comes in both clear and a smoked finish and according to the manufacturer’s website there is a future option for frosted as well. I have to say that I really love the smoked glass option that is shown in the photos though.

Now, what would the perfect chair for this table be? Hmmmm.

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Time to Order Tables and Chairs

I Was going to hold off a bit on getting the dining room table and chairs for the new house, but the Noguchi Cyclone table has an eight to twelve week lead time for manufacture and delivery from Knoll. That means if I order it this week, I’ll have it before Thanksgiving, which will come in handy since dinner is probably at the new house this year. That should be interesting, but we’ll cover that another time.

So if you missed the earlier post from a few weeks back, this is the table.

Noguchi Cyclone Dining TAble in White. 48 inch Diameter

Noguchi Cyclone Dining Table in White. 48 inch Diameter

As for chairs, this is what I am going to get. 6 chairs, 2 in green, 2 in blue, 2 in orange

Eames® Molded Plastic Side Chairs with Eiffel base

Eames® Molded Plastic Side Chairs with Eiffel base