BoardGrove Architects designs two coffee tables with opposite shapes

Australian studio BoardGrove Architects has designed a pair of steel tables made from opposing forms that appear to have been cut from the same piece (+ slideshow).

White coated steel coffee tables designed by Boardgrove Architects

The larger of the pieces in the set, called Two Tables, rests on arched supports that form slender legs. It can be placed so it "gently hovers" over its companion.

The lower table sits on larger petal-shaped panels, with curved bottoms that repeat the forms of the taller piece so looks like they are cut from a single cylinder. Both pieces feature circular tops and are made from white powder-coated steel.

White coated steel coffee tables designed by Boardgrove Architects

The studio developed the furniture design using 1:1-scale model making, with the aim of creating a pair of tables that would compliment each other while retaining their own individuality.

"Just like siblings you can tell they are related but they are uniquely different," said the studio, which was set up in January 2016 by duo Peter Grove and Holly Board.

Japanese studio Nendo also recently created a set of tables designed to work as companions to one another, which featured corkscrew legs that allowed the furniture to interlock as if linking arms.

White coated steel coffee tables designed by Boardgrove Architects

The pair of tables are BoardGrove Architects' first project, and were fabricated from four-millimetre steel in the firm's home town of Melbourne. The furniture is designed for either indoor or outdoor use, and can be placed together or as separate pieces.

The tables will make their debut at the Factory Design District exhibition in Sydney, which will take place from 3 to 5 June 2016.

White coated steel coffee tables designed by Boardgrove Architects

Other paired tables include Thorunn Hannesdottir's concrete-topped furniture based on the landscapes of Iceland and Mario Tsai's interlinking portable Basket tables.

Photography is by Haydn Cattach.