Totems is a collection of modular tables conceived by the Swiss studio Allegory. It was premiered in Paris at Le Lieu du Design as part of Maison & Objet’s Off-Site exhibition : Meet My Project.
In an era where spaces are always smaller, at a time when humans are more mobile and a Wi-Fi wired laptop allows one to work from anywhere, the reflection towards spatial modularity and furniture conception is now more then never to be considered. How can a same space and its furniture meet different spatial/functional expectations? How can furniture constantly adapt itself to new environments?
Totems is composed of 3 types of elements: carrara stackable marble stools which allow to define different table foot heights. Various diameters of veneered oak plates allow to define the table-radius. Eventually, pushed and anodised aluminium accessories are inserted in the enter of the wood plates, they specify the table’s function and allow to finish the object by holding both the foot and the plate together.
The materials and their properties define a time/space relation based on architectural principles. The accessory can easily be changed on a daily basis, the lamp can be replaced by the vase, and thus to easliy evolve from a desk to dinner table. The table plates will be changed for certain occasions depending on the room/occupancy or the type of occasion. Eventually, the table height will only be changed when the space itself is completely reconsidered.
Totems can thus be a stool, a side table, a night table, a small or large coffee table, a gueridon, an entry table, a dinner table, a desk, a hight table, a bar table or a column.
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