H 750 L 3000 W 1320 mm
Our client required a conference table that was to be positioned centrally at the top of a large staircase. Knowing the table would be viewed from the base up, we wanted to create a beautiful and impactful sculptural form as the base support. The shape derived from an image of a kestrel coming in to land. Without being too literal, it is an exaggerated and enhanced interpretation of this wonderful moment of suspended motion.
The unusual geometric shape of the tabletop mirrors the shape of the Wing desk, which when installed will be situated close by. But moreover, it also solves the problem when accommodating large numbers at a table, that all of the group can see and hear each other.
The reflective polished nickel base makes the large sturdy base appear light, while the edge of the table top have been sharply tapered to slim the large surface.
In the middle of the tabletop is a smaller panel of glass, that allows guests to see the sculpted base while seated and also lets light into the underside, highlighting and reflecting the metal base.
The wooden surrounding tabletop is realised in burr olive ash veneer, which has a pronounced pattern of contrasting light and dark grain. This has been book-matched so that the pattern of the wood is echoed around every place at the table, offering a pleasing symmetry and, like very subtle placemats, informs you where to sit. Laying out the veneer in this way took days to get the perfect match.
Because the table accommodates 10 people it spans a large distance. To create the strength required, the designers incorporated an aluminium honeycomb core usually used in aircraft manufacturing as a thin, strong substrate.
Four power supplies are offered through glass panels with cable conduits invisibly running through the base.