This collapsible table by Berlin-based designer Jakob Timpe is made from nine pieces of wood that simply slot together with no screws, glue or tools (+ slideshow).
Frustrated by having to handle a large drawing table every time the designer moved, Timpe created an easy-to-assemble trestle-style frame that can be taken apart in seconds and flat-packed for easy storage.
The underframe of the STAND table consists of four horizontal bars that pierce right through slots in the tops of the four legs. The structure is jammed together when pressure is applied by the weight of a tabletop.
"The appearance can be determined by sliding the legs along the frame," said the designer. "The table permits the legs to protrude from under the top or to disappear beneath it."
The basic STAND comes without a surface, but the designer has produced a white table top made of particle board and coated with melamin resin available.
The kit weighs just 7.5 kilograms and can support a table top between 170 by 80 centimetres and 240 by 100 centimetres.
To transport the pieces, the STAND comes with a sewn cotton case inspired by brush bags used for the storage of art supplies.
"It works as a wooden dining table, as constructional working table or as a conference table which can be set up and taken down in seconds," explained Timpe.
The trestle is made in Berlin from solid ash sourced from local forests. Each piece has not been surface treated to emphasise the natural variation in grain and colour in the wood.
"Over time, the wood will take on a natural patina," said Timpe. However, there is also a white stain finish option available.
The table is available through the young Berlin-based design brand vondingen.
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