Where metal implies sturdiness, and calls for strong industrial motifs - the I/ the H, the beam / the cross, the table is a play on our own sense of balance.
It questions the thinness of both surface and structure, in order to reach their minimal expression. What is the minimum structure necessary to draw a sense of comfort and sturdiness, while still feeling fragile and “almost precarious” in its movements.
The metal surface becomes paper-like, levitating - supported by an elegant series of V legs. The result is the perfect balance between stability and thinness.
Oakland's blacksmithing history stretches back to the late 1800’s when the construction of railroads helped the city develop into a major manufacturing hub.
Since the 1970’s, in response to the general downturn in manufacturing, Oakland has shed its blue-collar reputation in favor of the dynamic high-tech, local economy, turning the city away from its industrial heritage.
Amidst the newly opened coffee roasters and “makerspaces,”a few metal workers, artisans, and artists saw an opportunity in the city's affordable industrial spaces, quietly reviving the city's craft heritage.
Drawing from this context, the Paper Table is both an homage to an industry and a twist on a material that colors Oakland’s craft community.