"It's nice to make a modernist table in an old
artisanal way" - Hugo Passos

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East London designer Hugo Passos talks about making his modernist Piet side table without machinery in an "old artisanal way" in this movie filmed by Dezeen.

Making a moderist table in an "old artisanal way" - Hugo Passos

Passos' side tables are made by hand in Portugal from solid walnut wood and he explains thatĀ "no machines were involved in all the joinery".

Making a moderist table in an "old artisanal way" - Hugo Passos

The tops are finished with matt lacquer in primary colours that were frequently used by Dutch modernist painterĀ Piet Mondrian, from whom the tables get their name.

Making a moderist table in an "old artisanal way" - Hugo Passos

"The square sections seen from the top show the walnut going against the lacquer finish in a very bright colour," says Passos when describing the contrast between the materials.

Making a moderist table in an "old artisanal way" - Hugo Passos

The asymmetrical legs further echo Mondrian's geometric paintings and cause the table to look different from various angles.

Making a moderist table in an "old artisanal way" - Hugo Passos

Passos has contributed a yellow table to the Stepney Green Design Collection from his range that also includes red, blue and black items.

Making a moderist table in an "old artisanal way" - Hugo Passos

TheĀ Stepney Green Design CollectionĀ consists of 10Ā products selected by Marcus Fairs of Dezeen from creatives who live near toĀ VIVO, a new housing development in the east London district. The project also includes objects chosen by east London bloggers Pete Stean ofĀ LondoneerĀ and Kate Antoniou ofĀ Run Riot.

Making a moderist table in an "old artisanal way" - Hugo Passos

The collection is on show at theĀ Genesis Cinema, 93-95 Mile End Road, Whitechapel, London E1 4UJ, from 10am to 10pm every day until January. After this, the objects will be given to VIVO residents.

Making a moderist table in an "old artisanal way" - Hugo Passos

See all the items in theĀ Stepney Green Design Collection hereĀ and watch theĀ movies weā€™ve featured so far here.Ā The music featured in the movies is by American designer and musicianĀ Glen Lib. You canĀ listen to the full track on Dezeen Music Project.

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    ART IS ANAL?