- Year / 2009
- Private commission /
Carbon Fibre Table
The client wanted a large dining table that could easily be moved so that it could live against a wall as a console table when not in use. Barber & Osgerby decided to make two long tables, one of which could be stored when not needed so the tables needed to be extremely light and maneuverable and have de-mountable legs. After studying multiple leg positions, they realised that it would be possible to make the tables asymmetric, having two legs on one side and three on the other. This worked well with the seating arrangement and, once against the wall, only two legs would be seen, the top appearing to float due to the cantilever effect.
It was clear that a very strong, light material was required. At the time Barber & Osgerby were working with some Formula One toolmakers on another project. Their workshops were full of carbon fibre parts and so they decided to employ the unique properties of this material in the table project.
The tabletop has a consistent thickness of 10mm throughout, unlike most other carbon fibre tables, which have a much greater thickness at the centre. The five table legs screw into the top and are structurally supported by a web of ribbon-like carbon fiber struts. Barber & Osgerby felt that the underneath of the table should retain an architectural character, expressing its structure visually rather than concealing it, whilst the top surface should remain totally clear, light, and uninterrupted.