Inspired by Japanese origami techniques, the Sekkai Table originates from a square sheet of steel that is cut, perforated and then carefully folded by hand into its final form. During this process there is no material discarded, the whole sheet is used creating a minimum of waist and making the maximum use of the material given. Because of the way it is folded, Sekkai Table is its own construction and therefor simple and complex at the same time. It’s elegant but robust and minimal but playful. There are two versions of the Sekkai Table; The first version is made of stainless steel which is hand polished until it’s slightly reflective, which adds to its exclusive appearance. Its soft reflective facets visually connects the table with its surroundings, echoing its colours, light and movement.
The second is made out of steel with a matte powder coat finish. This is the more playful and graphic version of the two.
All Sekkai Tables are made in my workshop in Eindhoven, where the sheets arrive perforated by a local lasercutter. In case of the Polished Sekkai Table, it’s a stainless steel sheet which I polish up to a soft reflection before I start the proces of bending. For the bending we work with general woodwork tools and some moulds that help us to work with as much precision as possible. Its origami-like shape makes it impossible to bend the object with the usual sheet-bending tools, therefor we have to do this by hand. The folds are kept into place with small bolds on the bottom part of the table. In the process of making there is a minimum of material waisted and used. The small amount of waist that is created can be 100% recycled -as well as the whole table might anyone ever want to dispose of it. But honestly, why would anybody ever want to do such a thing!?
(Sekkai means ‘Incision’ in Japanese, as I added incisions to the tradition of only folding)