Tuesday, November 3, 2009

My strange fascination with hall tables "Part 1"

       After a brief hiatus (the sheer awesomeness of the last post was so great that I didn't want to wear you out), I have a two part post in the works. The topic will be hall tables, or rather my utterly irrational fascination with the hall table. (Editorial Note: the fact that the last post featured the same type of form has not escaped my notice, it is simply more evidence to the aforementioned "fascination")
       One could surmise that the fascination is due to the very nature of a hall table, the contrast inherent in a piece of furniture that must be constrained in its depth yet of full height and, to maintain proper proportions, have a width determined by the Golden Mean. This may very well be the case, but I think it's just because I never had a hall table as a kid.
      In any event, here are some examples of the form that have rolled though my head and onto my sketch pad. (That's an odd visual)

Pretty simple with an internal web structure and dramatic overhangs.

A demilune shape with shelf and possibly a concealed drawer in front.

This table is part of a theme that keeps recurring in my mind. The basic idea is that the piece is constructed with a very light weight and flexible framework that "settles" under weight. I have yet to try this idea but look forward to putting it to the test.

I think the name fits. I'm not sure whether the horizontal pieces are full boards or a dowel type stretcher system. I really so like how it looks though.

Stay tuned for "Part 2" later this week.

1 comment:

Timberwerks Studio - Dale J. Osowski - Furniture Maker said...

All look like great designs. Hall and coffee tables are my favorite pieces to create.