Hexad by Tomoko Azumi


London Design Festival 09: Japanese designer Tomoko Azumi is showing a stacking coffee table at Rocket Gallery in London as part of an exhibition called Book A Table.

Called Hexad, the table is made of solid oak and is produced by Benchmark.

The tables tessellate due to their hexagonal surfaces and can be arranged in clusters.

Book A Table is an exhibition showcasing coffee tables by twelve contemporary designers, specially commissioned for Rocket Gallery.

The furniture is displayed alongside artists' books by artists, designers, photographers and writers including Sol Lewitt, Bruno Munari and Jasper Morrison.

The exhibition continues at Rocket Gallery in Shoreditch, East London, until 7 November.

You can see all our stories about London Design Festival 2009 in our special category.

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Posted on Tuesday September 29th 2009 at 5:30 pm by Sarah Housley. Copyright policy | Comments policy

  • Morgan Geist

    Hello, this is Morgan Geist

    How extremely uninspiring this is.
    and it stacks! but how often do we stack 11 coffee tables?


  • could have also happened to me: getting opsessed with geometry and structure.
    had the same thought about why stacking coffee tables. as stool t woud make sense, though…but then it will get to expansive when crafted in wood…

  • Moonchild

    [to ‘morgan geist’ – they stacked 9, not 11…
    if you distribute/sell these coffee tables, you will be happy to stuck them (storage, transport/sustainability)… there are not too many coffee tables with the ability to be stacked.]

    nice and solid design!

  • W

    Great designer and great cook too.

  • Morgan Geist

    Hello this is Morgan again,

    @moonchild, You have a point about the retail logistics. Which is interesting because in the above image, in its stacked form, it is exclusively addressing retailers and not users.

    Still, extremely uninspiring and hard-edged.
    It does remind me of two good Japanese modern classic designs though.
    Murai stool by Reiko Tanabe, and Riki stool by Riki Watanabe


  • Ed

    moonchild: no retailer will stack the tables as shown, as they will get scratched to s**t.
    I guess they stack so that you can make a nice little array of hexagonal tables (as pictured), should you feel the need. Seems fairly pointless tho.
    Having said that, I think this is a beautiful design, and exudes an elegant simplicity, as with much of Azumi’s work.

  • ste

    i liek the third pciture… they tesselate and can be combined… but then theres no possibility to interlock then… and most important you can only group them in 1 direction cause of the geometrie of their legs… so please… delete the text in this article cause it only weakens the nice product!

  • chris

    reminds me of the one from isokonplus….just bulkier

  • roger

    Bravo Tomoko, once more.

  • interesting but the value and need are a bit forced and questionable. the osokon one is much better

  • Janne

    You may say that it reminds me one of my alltime favorite product made by Tapiovaara in 1954 http://plaza.fi/s/f/editor/images/Tapiovaara_Trienna_570.jpg

  • Badthony

    it is smart actually, i like the hexagon idea and the way they put together. but i wouldn’t say it is the right fit for coffee because no one would stack so many COFFEE tables at home unless you use the table for multi purposes, at the same time you wouldn’t put these tables at the coffee shop unless everyone’s gonna sit on the floor and drink their coffee.

  • Simon

    I was on my way back from Tent London and saw this exhibition (its just off brick Lane). There are some pretty good tables in the Exhibition (other than Azumi’s), i particularly liked the one by Oliver King; crisp and the way the glass was held is amazing. Asif Khan’s is pretty cool too; not that practical though.