Tripod table by Noon Studio


Designers Noon Studio of London and Avignon have designed a table with wooden legs pushed through its terracotta top.

Called Tripod, the project has a cantilevered top supported by three interlocking pieces of birch.

It requires no glue or fixings for assembly and can be flat-packed.

Here are some more details from Noon Studio:


Tripod side table

A ceramic side table supported with birch cantilevering tripod leg system.

Among all the actual ecological issues, we wanted to give another possibility for simple locally made furniture. Ceramic, terracotta, are timeless natural materials, and our approach was to give it a modern twist with this table. The table can be build without any screw driver or any other system to maintain the pieces between them

The cantilevering birch tripod legs system can be totally flatten. We are thinking that elaborated composite materials are not a necessarily way for a sustainable future. Designed and produced with philosophy of using honest materials, simplicity of execution, forward thinking and spatial awareness distinguish Noon Studio’s beliefs.

Noon studio is a London and Avignon based design office, created by two designers, Gautier Pelegrin and Vincent Taïani. One of us is working in London and the other in Avignon, but we are both from Avignon, and those two places influenced us in designing something which contain a certain respect for noble materials, artisans know-how, and an actual vision of our modern everyday life.

After studying together industrial product conception processes in the south of France (1999-2001) , they went their own way for five years before they decided to share their experiences creating new objects together.

A holistic generation able to work on varied types of projects (Architecture, products, graphics, photography, video, web...) Developed and inspired through their different experiences creating a new approach to furniture design articulated through the link between the object, person and space. Its materiality provokes tactile emotion and the concept of inner self.

Materials: Ceramic, Terracotta, birch
Dim: 780x420x440mm.

Posted on Sunday January 24th 2010 at 11:05 am by . Copyright policy | Comments policy

  • jon

    interesting but rendering it and producing it in ceramics is a whole different story. with the size and shape it’ll be very heavy and ceramic is brittle so if you drop something on it, it’ll likely break as it is only balancing on a small board.

    definitely needs a bit more consideration in the materials.

  • portionspread

    sorry is this designed or actually made? because the front legs will bend with a terracotta tray that size. in use you are not going to get a level surface. How did this get on here?

  • ben

    nice renders.

  • BRian

    Can we all say “slip cast”?

    The protrusion through the terracotta table top will be a real pain in the A**!
    You might have to create a new process to do this- maybe vacuum-casting ceramics? :)

  • What a sweet little table, I like the handle for moving the thing about.
    But as mentioned above, materiality is a whole other discussion. Renderings are one thing, but real materials are another.

  • riiice

    I think this is quite nice.
    I think some of the critical commenters might not have noticed that the tray is supported underneath in addition to the cantilevered support at the penetration of the tray. This can be seen in the 2nd image.
    I agree that standard ceramic and terracotta might be a little fragile.
    Maybe the arm that supports the tray could be in the shape of a ‘Y’ rather than an ‘I’ as to support the front , and corners you gain the added advantage of stability.
    Maybe I am missing the ‘eco-friendly’ intent of this design, but I think it would look fantastic with more luxurious materials such as a porcelain top with a European walnut base.

  • portionspread

    riiice said;
    ‘I think some of the critical commenters might not have noticed that the tray is supported underneath in addition to the cantilevered support at the penetration of the tray’

    we see this. Which adds weight. which is why we say that the legs will bow a little and you will not have a level surface. it’s a nice exercise but it is flawed in these materials. will not work the way it is presented here.
    Add a few items to the top. ie a vase, decanter, magazines and you are just going to increase the bending of the leg.


    Cool design, nice thought shown with the interplay of parts.

    ‘riiice’ had a good idea with the ‘Y’ shaped support, could also be a ‘T’ or any number of letters of the Alphabet (lame…). Would help with side to side tilt of the top, especially because you are going to want to leave a bit of play/flex space for the handle housing, more so if you are using such a delicate material for the top. If too tight a fit it could load up like a ‘bottle opener’ and crack the top.

    Terracotta would be an issue due to the weight but bowing could be greatly reduce regardless if you used good old ply or cross laminate your wood off choice, as you will be loading it through the grain (depending how you where planing on cutting this). I would be more inclined to worry about bowing on the rear leg as that is where the majority of vertical load is going to be focused…(imagine a bottle opener, but instead of lifting the opener you push the bottle downwards to open and get to the tastey beer inside)