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The Otto Table functions as a dining or general work table. Fabricated from layers of carbon fiber, fiberglass, and wood veneer, the table is exceptionally sturdy and durable, yet slender and light.


The leg has two divergent readings. Frontally, it exposes its delicate yet sturdy thinness in the end-grain of its composite laminates — carbon, glass, and wood on end. Obliquely, the leg appears as a traditional massive wood post — actually a thin veneer of African Mahogany wrapped around the laminates of carbon and glass fiber. The table can thus be seen as a marriage of these opposing readings: from one side, a draped piece of fabric slung down from the top and from the other, a sturdy and massive support: at once a technological innovation and a nod to convention.

The carbon top and a protective resin coat ensure great durability. The carbon “fabric” material and its method of production also allow for seamless connections between table-top and legs. CNC routed tools are fabricated as form-work for the intricate shape that mediates between the flat surface of the top and the thin vertical laminates of the legs. The compound surfaces of the tools are layered with carbon and glass fiber, covering the aggregate components. The legs are designed as seamless extensions of the table-top, with the carbon surface funneling down into the supports. In their vortex-like geometry, the layered structure is turned inside out, exposing the under-table’s wood veneer.

Project Design:
Nader Tehrani, Monica Ponce de Leon

Project Team:
Richard Lee, coordinator

Jeff Kent: CSI Composites, George Brin

Dan Bibb

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