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Ovale: Conference Table

I needed a conference table for my studio. As with any architectural problem solving consideration, I looked at the specific needs I had and allowed geometry, size and design to be organic results of my specific needs, space availability, and material source availability. The conference table is where I come together with clients to discuss ideas and solutions. The space I have for the table calls for something long rather than square or circular. In considering the overall geometric form I realized that a rectangle was implied but was not the best shape to bring people together - too authoritative with its defined ends. Therefore an oval was the best geometric choice for this table's circumstances as well as moving around it in the studio when not in use. Hard corners invite bumps and bruises whereas rounded corners and ends promote and allow natural ergonomic motion through space. Height considerations were adjusted based on the task of looking down at detailed blueprints and scale physical models; and also the existing floating cube benches I had made in previous times. The perimeter edge is cut on a 45° bevel sloping from the top out making a gentle and inviting edge that leads up to the surface rather than a hard defined and revealing perimeter depth that stops one at the edge rather than leading them to the surface. Conversely, the stout structural panel legs taper in towards the feet in both shape and angle giving the surface a sense of floating freedom yet a confident base that allows and promotes legroom.

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