Milan 2013: tables in this collection by Japanese designer Tokujin Yoshioka have tops that appear to balance precariously on angled stands (+ slideshow).
Rather than standing upright, the oblong supports are tilted so one bevelled corner touches the base while the tops of the Element tables teeter on another corner at the opposite end.
Manufactured by Italian furniture brand Desalto, the metal furniture inspired by crystal structures has been developed from experiments and research Yoshioka conducted when creating his Venus chair that he grew from crystals in 2008.
Most models in this collection have a single stave, but larger tables have two crossing supports for added stability and stands for taller side tables consist of one bar on top of another.
The range includes side tables, desks and dining tables, all of which come in black.
Desalto will exhibit the tables in Milan next month, at the same time as Zaha Hadid will present limited edition marble tables and twisted auditorium seats, and Ross Lovegrove will unveil a concept car for Renault.
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