Wooden table by Ruben Beckers weighs just 4.5 kilograms

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