- Year / 2005
- Manufacturer / Established & Sons
The Zero-In started from the simple observation that very often low tables tend to occupy the prime areas in living spaces: between the sofa and fireplace. They often sit on beautiful floors or carpets and effectively obscure them. It was an interesting proposition to address this observation and design a floating glass surface that was held in place by a frame-like structure. The tables are made by joining two concentric, tapering skins, where the inner skin has a greater angle of taper. Once the skins are assembled, this voluminous form gives the impression that the glass top is a lens, distorting the inner view in some way.
The Zero-In Table was one of the first projects ever produced by Established & Sons. The first version was a limited edition of twelve 1200 x 1200mm tables made from aluminium sheet. This was formed by hand in 16 sections and welded together to create the inner and outer walls of the table. The welded joints were then polished and worked by hand until they were invisible. The table was finally polished until the whole piece had a faultless mirror-reflective surface. The edition was made by British craftsmen who normally hand-make replacement body panels for vintage Aston Martin cars. A further metal prototype was made and finished in orange automotive paint.
The production version of the table is smaller: 900 x 900mm. It is made from an entirely different material but retains the same seamless quality. The two walls are made from a polyester-moulding compound, which is compressed in a mould to form the required shapes of the inner and outer skins of the table. The Zero-In concept relies on the perception of the inner and outer surfaces as an entirely seamless ribbon of material; perfection of the surface is vital.