Geometric shapes come together to form a smooth design, carefully using space, to create Limits, “a compact table that pushes our perception of physical and philosophical boundaries,” states Singaporean designer, Kimberley Koh.
Created entirely from wooden flat triangles, the joints have been smoothed over, giving the illusion of weightlessness and a sleek composition. Tapered joints and contrasting wood tones maintain the contrast between the various triangular planes, which therefore appear independent from one another. The absence of any vertical edges distorts the sense of perspective, thus distorting the ‘spatial limits’ of the table.
The projecting, cantilevered design establishes a sense of imbalance, which suggests that the centre of gravity will shift when items are placed on top of it. The symmetrical design is however matched by its symmetry of balance, as the weight of the items placed on the surface balances out with the lower segments of the table; the compartments of varying sizes.
The middle compartment is removable, creating a more flexible design for users, who can mould the table to suit their creative and practical needs.
Not only is the concept stylish and minimalist, but the assembly is equally as efficient. Cut from a single sheet of plywood, the limit of wood as a material is tested, when the table is assembled using minimal joints. The triangular table, finished in wood veneer and with meticulous attention to detail, creates an ‘in vogue functionality’ piece of furniture. Koh confirms, that “from concept, to function, to efficiency, Limits provides users with a dynamic way of living.”
The table is to be produced as a limited edition release by the Florentine Fabricator, Wood Arredamenti Fiorentini s.n.c. As a B.A. student at the Florence Institute of Design International (FIDI), Koh has worked in various fields of Furniture Design; from the development of the design concept, through all the stages leading to the final manufacturing process. The Bachelor of Design degree is now in its third year at the Institute in Florence, marking three years of collaboration with the University of Chester, England.