Table Without a Top: New Concepts in Kitchen Essentials
Paring down to absolute essentials can be a very purifying activity. So often we accrue that which we really don't need but cling to out of a sense of security. But can that concept apply to the kitchen table?
A lot happens at the kitchen table. Aside from serving the traditional function of simply being a place at which to sit and eat, it's akin to the heart of the home. I've had some of the most memorable conversations of my life sitting around kitchen tables, spending hours yammering on with friends about tons of ridiculous nonsense, with a bit of substance thrown in for good measure. I've also done some of my best creative work there, being able to focus at that spot better than anywhere else in the house. The kitchen table is like refuge in a storm, offering a sense of safety and stability.
But like Houdini ripping a table cloth out from under place settings and having the dishes remain perfectly poised, Diana Halbeison has ripped the table right out from under us. She's replaced it instead with the "Table Without Tabletop" -- a series of suspended metal prongs that can hold your meal and then neatly fold away and store flat after use.
This "dining surface alternative" fulfills the absolute basic functions of a traditional table by providing a plane on which to place your dinner, and also experiments with the perceived necessity of "that familiar flat surface" that we've all come to know and love.
Hmmm... Messy eaters and the accident-prone, beware!
Found via apartmenttherapy