Shell Table

Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby designed a simple, super lightweight table which consited of a molded laminated top and legs. Originally, they wanted the legs to fix mechanically, to enable ease of shipping and assembly, but in practice, they settled on a glued joint because it left the outward skins of the piece clear of detail. The table refers to Marcel Breuer's dining table for Isokon (1936), and the two share a quirky attribute: the top molding is exceptionally strong but has an innate twisting characteristic. This means that the table will 'self-level' on an uneven floor, with the top flexing to make up for differences in the positions of the four table legs. The Shell Table was nominated for the Compasso D'Oro in 2004.

  • Year / 2000
  • Manufacturer / Isokon Plus