First intuitions are always the best. This is so true when it comes to the story behind my table. I gave it the name of "Unbearable Lightness", and then "Copper Hint Table" and its final name is "Unbearable Lightness" again. Through months of product development and lots of "yes, no, maybe", I gave a final big yes to lightness.
As you may recall, the story of this table and this collection started with moving in a new house. I began imagining and designing furniture that would turn this empty house into MY house. I wanted the objects in that collection to represent my vision for giving this space an identity and reflect the personality of the people living in it. This was not only a move into a new house, but also a move from New York to Cyprus. I had a true desire to explore the possibilities to have local artists and craftsmen give life to my designs.
"Unbearable lightness" was reached by using neolith instead of marble as originally planned for the table top. Neolith became a natural choice as it offers strength and lightness. Neolith is a porcelain material entirely made up of natural materials like clays, feldspar, silica and mineral oxides. It allowed me to have a super slim table top of 12mm emphasized by its large surface (210 cm x 105 cm). The table is customizable and can be offered in other sizes.
Now let's go back to the copper hint, which would have covered only one leg of the table. By doing so, I wanted to create a hint of disturbance in the perfect light equilibrium of the table. Well it turned out that the disturbance was indeed disturbing and would take away the unbearable lightness by being the new center of focus rather than just a hint.
And so there it is. Unbearable but right on! This is the Unbearable Lightness Table.
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