Wooden table by Ruben Beckers
weighs just 4.5 kilograms

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Cologne 2014: a grid of thin wooden strips supports the surface of this table by German designer Ruben Beckers to make it extremely lightweight (+ slideshow).

Wooden table by Ruben Beckers weighs just 4.5 kilograms

Ruben Beckers named his 4.5-kilogram poplar wood table kleinergleich5, which means "less than five".

Wooden table by Ruben Beckers weighs just 4.5 kilograms

"It is safe to assume that at just 4.5 kilograms, it is probably the lightest wooden table in the world," he said.

Wooden table by Ruben Beckers weighs just 4.5 kilograms

Beckers employed a grid of extremely thin strips to create a rigid structure beneath the slender table top, so it could support objects placed on top.

Wooden table by Ruben Beckers weighs just 4.5 kilograms

The lengths of wood slot together at five-centimetre intervals to create the lattice, which is 28 millimetres deep.

Wooden table by Ruben Beckers weighs just 4.5 kilograms

Removable solid-wood legs are bent into the holes in the grid to connect them with the table top.

Wooden table by Ruben Beckers weighs just 4.5 kilograms

The table is half the weight of Benjamin Hubert's lightweight table, unveiled during the London Design Festival last September.

Wooden table by Ruben Beckers weighs just 4.5 kilograms

The table was designed during the Wood*Transformation project at Kassel School of Art and Design, and is currently on display as part of the [D3] Design Talents exhibition at imm cologne.

Wooden table by Ruben Beckers weighs just 4.5 kilograms

This year's [D3] Contest was won by a storage rail based on a traditional Shaker-style peg board. Imm cologne continues until Sunday at the Koelnmesse exhibition centre.

Wooden table by Ruben Beckers weighs just 4.5 kilograms

  • vogueplaza

    The table looks very great. It must be very light.

    • rohtmuz

      4.5kg apparently!

  • ryu

    In this race for the lightest dining table (second only to China and India’s race to get a man on Mars) has anyone considered that it is not particularly practical to have a super-light table. One accidental slight knock and the creme anglaise could be all over your diner guests!

    That aside, if we are going to have such a race then we need a standardised unit of measure. I propose weight per plate (or wpp). So in the case of Benjamin Hubert he comes in at a very agreeable 0.95wpp (9.5kg / 10 sittings) whilst Ruben Beckers, although he has not confirmed the dimensions, I will estimate it is 8 sittings so a very respectable 0.56wpp.

    • http://www.libertydisciple.com/ The Liberty Disciple

      Take the next step. The table is shipped this light and you add the weight to it at home by adding water.

  • joe

    I guess it is light, but, if there are comparisons to other products there needs to be some kind of reference surely? I could design a small side table and it would be ‘the lightest table in the world’ or in Rubens case a small desk. It’s silly to start saying these things unless there are benchmarks, at least Hubert’s had dimensions I suppose.

    • ryu

      Couldn’t agree more. I think I may have come up with the lightest. I just sit with a magazine on my lap.

      • deborah

        Looks like the desk sits one. There is no way you could dine on that: too narrow, legs poorly placed.

  • jules954

    Jules.

  • GVEGAB

    Is it a firm table? It’s okay as a light table, but if she moves like a jelly, it won’t be a very useful. Beyond that, it’s beautiful.

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    • pert

      First read then comment. It is even mentioned in the article.

  • guest

    What is all this mentioning of “Benjamin Hubert’s table” about? I like his work but for the table credits definitely go to Corelam, the company that developed the corrugated plywood.

    Apart from that I am not sure if lightness is an important feature for a table. But I like it as an exercise how far you can push something.

  • http://logokoko.blogspot.com logorithm

    The thin corners will be the first to break.

    • me – myself – i

      Seen a similar table some time ago by a furniture maker from The Hague Holland called ‘Light Table’, see: http://www.tiddoderuiter.nl/nl/werk.html … same principles, less attention.

  • uary

    You are obviously a Benjamin Hubert fan. But from an objective point of view these tables do not have much more in common than any other two tables have. Benjamin’s table is also nice and I think one light table does not need to feel so threatened by another light table.

  • les.humanoides

    Didn’t know Dexter is now a furniture designer.

  • Joeyjoejoeshabadooo

    Apple didn’t discover or realise anything. Corning did. It’s their product and they pitched it to a bunch of phone manufacturers (and OEMs like Foxconn).

    Apple stole a good product (like the Nokia N8) and made it user friendly by taking out features and dumbing it down, then claiming they invented it. They convinced people it was true through marketing.

  • James

    What’s the point?