‘Orbit’ is a coffee table commissioned for a client’s home office. The main part of the brief was that it had to complement an existing suite of furniture, particularly its colour. Other than that, a circular table was the outline request.
The concept of the design is circles orbiting around a central ‘planet’ when viewed from above. The lines are geometric curves flowing into and around each other but all leading back to the nucleus – the inlaid form in the centre of the stretcher.
The flush fitting toughened glass top gives a clear view of this linear interaction when looking from above and also from different angles which adds visual interest to the table’s functional use as an informal meeting point. From a practical perspective, the cutaway shape of the low-slung stretcher allows ample foot space for people to sit at the table.
The main material is Black Walnut, coloured further to match the client’s existing furniture – never an easy task! The logo is formed from veneer pieces of uncoloured walnut and oak which ties in with the client’s large oak framed office windows.
It was a pleasure to design and make and ultimately to see it taking its place in an existing environment.