ExhibiTable: White Reading Table with Wood Storage Slots

Viewed from above, it looks as if giant (book?) worms could have carved out the niche storage spaces in the surface of this reading table. The effect is reinforced by rippling layers of exposed natural wood and solid-painted white.

While the prototype ExhibiTable (designed by Lu Chieh-Hua & Cheng Tzu-Hao) is clearly oriented toward institutional and retail uses (e.g. stores, libraries and exhibition spaces), it could work equally well in a the home of an avid reader who likes to leave out their favorite books or magazines.

Unlike a conventional system of well-organized public-library bookcases or bookstore shelves, this table has a built-in lack of hierarchy – one could picture the locations and orientations of reading materials shifting over time rather than being fixed in place.

The flip side to this apparent freedom, however, is a rigid sizing system that would preclude many volumes from easy inclusion in the mix (unless larger, longer and wider books are able to be turned on end).

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