BEECH DINING TABLE (BDT)
BDT is a formal exploration of relations. A table without a head, whose disposition is still linear; the primary aim of this shape is to foster new adjacencies among those who sit here. Table design often orients towards a formal/structural solution of the legs, wherein either the legs themselves or the adoration of their joint to the top provides the table with its inherent interest. BDT aims to undermine this conception by creating a table whose inherent interest is in the table top. The optic interest of the table lies in its planimetric shape - an irregular octagon with rotational symmetry and filleted vertices of a consistent radius. The haptic interest of the table lies in its lenticular underside - the thickest part of the table is its geometric center. The elliptical curvature of the lens is truncated by the shape of the octagon, revealing a modulated edge profile. The legs are positioned relative to two parallel projections of its oblique sides inward; an implied parallelogram. The tangential relation of the leg offers uncertainty, while the rotational symmetry purports to offer balance. The presence of this table is established through a series of binaries: thick and thin; curved and straight; simple and complex; formal and informal. BDT is a relational exploration of form.
39"W x 84"L x 30"H