The ‘table’ consists of two main elements, the top and the base, and this last one arises the Studio’s most interest, due to its technical-structural and design needs.
Anna Bartoli explains: ‘In some models, as in Maki for Kristalia, our research was articulated in combining minimal lines to integrate a technological core. However, in other tables as Rime for Fiam and Octa for Bonaldo, the image is more conspicuous, their bases are the symbolic and visual focus’.
As for other furniture pieces, for tables, too, a wide range is availale; the Studio’s effort is thus to succeed, with the manufacturers’ special skills, in improving their performance, cost and to explore materials looking ahead.
Paolo Bartoli adds: ‘We do continuous research about which materials to choose and how to use them efficiently and effectively in tables: from load-bearing glass to aluminium, from wood to metal which was exploited in the ‘shanghai’ base of Octa’.
Moreover, different models reflect the philosophy of brands for which we designed them, and their customers accordingly. Contemporary tables for homes may have very different looks: minimal and delicate (Maki by Kristalia), imposing with a glass base (Rime by Fiam) or completely shaped from glass (Ray by Fiam), or having a threadlike sculptural base (octa by Bonaldo).
What sets them visibly apart from one another is mostly the typology and shape of their base: several four-legged and central-base solutions have been designed by Bartoli Design and are a subjective rather than functional choiche for the customer, their shape and propotions being the characterising feature of the model.
Considering the aesthetic impact, the one of furniture perception, Anna Bartoli points out: ‘We often choose simple and thin tops, a feature we like as it provides lightness even to smaller ones; then, technically they leave more space for any undertop mechanism. The Rime and Ray models also have a transparent top option, which further dematerializes them’.
The common feature among all these models is their extendability, a particular need on the part of many brands and final users.
Paolo Bartoli concludes: ‘We’ve been working for long to make simple, functional and least impactful extending systems, for neat and conveniently usable solutions, both when tables are closed and when they are set with extensions. As for Ray, being transparent the system is visible, so a special patented device was designed, made of a revolving arm which is the model’s key technical and aesthetic feature. In Maki, on the contrary, the legs translate exposing a drawer with extensions inside; in Rime and Octa, having a central base the extending mechanism is made of minimal guides, hidden under the top, which directly pull the extensions. All share a great extension capability: from reduced dimensions for everyday use it is possible to reach remarkable lengths for special occasions.