Dezeen promotion: Berlin-based studio Läufer & Keichel has created a solid wood table for furniture manufacturer Zeitraum that features undulating legs designed to look like curtain drapes.
Designed to seemingly "defy gravity", the Curtain table features two thin legs with soft curves that have been crafted from solid wood, which support a large solid wood table top.
The two legs are made up of single solid blocks of wood that have been carved to create an undulating effect, similar to the ribbon-like form of curtains.
Designers Julia Läufer and Marcus Keichel created the legs using the latest computer numerical control (CNC) technology, which uses a machine to process a piece of material according to specifications pre-set via a digital coded program.
Following the CNC cutting, the wavy forms are then sanded by hand and oiled to emphasise their "flowing movement".
"The Curtain table resembles a fleeting snapshot of a moment in time: static in contrast to an organically flowing movement," said Läufer and Keichel.
"Just like a sculpture, Curtain toys with our perception – the symbolism of the wave increases all the more as the material qualities of the solid wood fade into the background," they continued.
"This harmonic symbiosis of form and material comes as a surprise, but also allows us to see the entire table as a self-restrained composition – rhythmically, the 'curtains' create an atmosphere of floating serenity and inner calm," the duo added.
Manufactured by German wood-furniture brand Zeitraum, the Curtain table is available with a rectangular table top or a semicircular table top.
It can be made in either ash, walnut or oak wood up to four metres long while still boasting a continuous wood grain.
Refraining from the use of any chemically treated wood, Zeitraum's furniture pieces are each protected with a coat of natural oil, which is applied to smoothly sanded surfaces to create a "silken" effect.
The applied oil penetrates the wood to a minimum depth of two millimetres, naturally preserving the surfaces and allowing the wood to breathe, absorb and release humidity, which cannot be achieved by polished and sealed surfaces.
More information on the Curtain table can be found on the Zeitraum website.
Photography is by Nava Rapacchietta.