The furniture whisperer
In the exhibition “Typecasting. An Assembly of Iconic, Forgotten and New Vitra Characters,” Robert Stadler lends furniture a voice. Let’s take a listen!
The Belleville Tables reveal a similar capacity for transformation, featuring table tops in laminate, wood or stone, along with elegantly arched legs of cast aluminium. The Belleville Tables are modelled on the typology of the classic bistro table. The slender legs flow in a continuous sweeping line from their splayed bottom along the central column to the table top. Forming star- or t-shaped bases, they can be arranged as graceful dining tables, single bistro tables or long cafeteria tables.
The colour and surface texture of the cast aluminium table legs, which have a black powder-coated finish, are nearly indistinguishable from the polyamide frame of the Belleville Chair. And since the materials of the table tops and seat shells are either identical or harmoniously coordinated, the tables and chairs form a unified yet diverse group – a hybrid family of furnishings whose materiality resists classification.
The various materials and subdued colours are defining characteristics of the designs, yet they remain subordinate to the implicit familiarity of their forms.
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