Published on : Friday, February 9, 2018
For the Spring season of 2018, Normann Copenhagen previews three coffee tables joining their collection – each with their own character and visual expression.
The Steady tables, designed by Hans Hornemann, are a modern take on the classic nesting tables, made from powder-coated steel and aluminum. For the design of Steady, Hornemann has taken inspiration from the Romanesque architecture. The view in through the arches of a Romanesque arcade is interpreted in the tables’ arched legs, and in the repetition of contours as the two tables meet.
The table’s lines shift from sharp to soft in a formal twist that gives the minimal design a dynamic appearance. The recurring arches are counteracted by narrow profiles in a vigorous construction that stands out as a central part of Steady’s visual expression. A wide steel frame and over-sized cylinders fix the table’s elements, making it shapely, strong and steady.
Using the most elementary steel stock parts as their starting point, Totronto-based MSDS Studio has created an architectural little side table. Their design ‘Stock’ presents metal in a raw and deconstructed way, while retaining a delicate, rigid quality.
The table’s unconventional leg arrangement emphasises the material’s strength and produces an interesting composition of elements. The aesthetic negative spaces – the airy open area under the table top and the triangle between the angled legs – come from disregarding the traditional arrangement of table legs, creating a new form of symmetry.
Stock appears as a small, strict piece of sculpture, which also serves as a practical, stable side table.
The Pine collection of small tables is both earthily Nordic and expressively avant-garde. Designed by Simon Legald, the tables are made from solid pine in a characterful and sculptural design.
The choice of pinewood sets the tone for the design of the Pine tables. The tables gain a pleasing organic quality from the wood’s distinctive grain, and the overlooked wood species is given new life in the playful form.
Legald explains, “In furniture design Pine has been a forgotten wood variety for quite some time. That is a pity, because pine is certainly not without its qualities. For me, the wood’s fiery growth rings and characteristic aroma represent Nordic soul and warmth. Not least, it makes a lot of sense to use a material that can be found locally in large quantities.”
With its voluminous octangular foot, Pine can lend prominence and vigour to any room. Its weighty body is gently opposed by the tabletop’s narrow, rounded edge frame, adding a visual lightness to the solid wooden design. The wood is presented in its natural form, or with a coloured wood stain, which allows the grain to show through.