Office KGDVS explores strength of
materials with prototype furniture

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The strength of polyester, aluminium and steel dictated the size of tables in this series by Belgian architects Office Kersten Geers David Van Severen (+ slideshow).

Furniture by Office KGDVS for Maniera
Aluminium table

Office KGDVS worked in collaboration with engineer Arthur de Roover to demonstrate the structural properties of different materials.



They created a set of three tables – entitled Prototype 1 to 3 – for Belgian furniture brand Maniera, with legs and frames made from extruded 5-by-5-centimetre L-shaped profiles of the chosen materials.

Furniture by Office KGDVS for Maniera
Aluminium table detail

The smallest table uses extruded polyester, a product more commonly used in the pharmaceutical industry.

Furniture by Office KGDVS for Maniera
Steel table

In this material, the profiles are able to produce a square table with a span of 100 centimetres and support the weight of everyday objects placed on top.

Furniture by Office KGDVS for Maniera
Steel table detail

Kept at the same width as the first design for comparison, the aluminium table managed a span of 185 centimetres and the steel table extended to 260 centimetres.

Furniture by Office KGDVS for Maniera
Polyester table with Solo Chair

An epoxy coating on all three tabletops creates a uniform surface across the three prototypes and provides a contrast to the profiles.

Furniture by Office KGDVS for Maniera

The legs are detachable to allow flat-pack shipping. A metal connection pin is used to attach the vertical elements to the horizontal table top.

Furniture by Office KGDVS for Maniera

This "cuff button" – as the designers have named it – sits in the inner part of the L-profiles.

Furniture by Office KGDVS for Maniera

Accompanying the tables, the Solo Chair references Thonet's No.6822 walking-stick chair.

Furniture by Office KGDVS for Maniera

The circular seat has a small square table suspended above it. A steel stabiliser on the lower part of the diagonal support provides a counter-balance for the weight of the table and any objects placed on it.

Furniture by Office KGDVS for Maniera

The collection was launched earlier this year alongside work by Dutch artist and architect Anne Holptrop at an exhibition held in the loft-like home of Maniera co-founders Kwinten Lavigne and Amaryllis Jacobs – a former jazz club and lingerie factory in downtown Brussels.

Furniture by Office KGDVS for Maniera

Photography is by Sven Laurent.

  • Fangirl

    This practice is consistently good. Thoughtful, quiet design.

    Amazing that such a boring country can produce so many great designers.

    • Tom

      You clearly haven’t spent many a Saturday night there. You’re right about the great designers though.