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Big Table by Alain Gilles for Bonaldo

Milan 09: Brussels designer Alain Gilles presented a table for Italian furniture brand Bonaldo in Milan last month.


The table legs slope out from the centre under the wooden top.


Each is made of laser-cut sheet steel, folded and painted in different colours.


The design was launched under the name Big Foot Table, but has since been renamed Big Table - "the name 'big foot' had already been officially registered by someone else," Gilles exlains.


See all our stories from Milan 09 MIlan 2009.


The following text is from Gilles:


BIG TABLE Design Alain Gilles for Bonaldo

A strong personality, always in movement, always trying to put one foot in front of the other. As if it were walking, each foot stretches to reach further away. Whatever the angles, it always looks strikingly different from one point of view to another, as if you could never really grab it.


It has been sculpted in 3D by the hand rather than by the pure logic of the computer. Even though it is a large functional table, and follows some strict rules, all the legs have their own characteristics and have been positioned and oriented manually in order to give the whole structure a warmer and more human feeling.


A mix of rather traditional materials, steel and wood, give a rather unexpected and fresh product. The legs are made of  steel plates that have been laser cut and folded. All the legs have a different width, and have been cut and bend in order to reveal different tonalities of their own color, in order to play with shadows.


As for the angled cuts in the legs, they increase this ever changing perception of a product, that looks drastically different from one side to the other; they also add detail to the piece and give it a much lighter feel.


The metal legs can then become of field of experimentation for all sorts of color combinations, thus giving birth to a more experimental or a more traditional table.


Dimensions:  250 x 100 x 74cm  and  300 x 100 x 74cm