The Transformer Table
April 18, 2012
Just as Robert van Embricqs’ magical, shape-shifting ”Rising Table” effortlessly moves from two-to-three dimensions, so the Fan Table transcends its seemingly rigid frame to morph into an array of different configurations and sizes. Designed by Mauricio Affonso, the piece is comprised of a deceptively ordinary wood lattice that supports a surface-top made up of over 400 slats, which can be easily manipulated to conform to any shape. In its default poise, the table can be expanded and shortened along a linear axis, to be used for dining or as a coffee table, respectively. But that’s only the half of it: the legs of the frame can be pivoted at angles so as to form a hexagonal footprint, with the slats splayed on top in a circular pattern. Affonso describes the table as an “infrastructure for social interaction”, able to adapt to any situation or dictate the rules of the (dinner) game.