Pilot Table

The Pilot Table was Barber & Osgerby’s second experiment in forming and folding plywood and in some ways it was the most satisfying. It was an understated piece but developed an interesting design language of its own. Working with a material that was new to them was an exciting challenge for the designers. Plywood has qualities unlike other materials because it sits somewhere between wood and plastic. It is mouldable, but it is also a natural material, which means that it ages more gracefully than plastic. The idea for the Pilot Table was to see how to fold the plywood to add structural strength. Adding folds to the top surface and the uprights allowed us to construct it from very thin, 6mm ply. This meant that it was extremely lightweight, but still had enough strength to support someone standing on it.

  • Year / 1999
  • Manufacturer / Cappellini