Craft 2.0 wooden table with gears

In the past, furniture was made to survive for a lifetime – it wasn’t built to be as cheap and easily transportable as possible. Pieces were built one at a time, carefully, and with sturdy materials. Furniture cost more back then, but it was worth it because you would only have to buy each piece once. Studio Renier Winkelaar was inspired by the sturdy, long-lasting furniture of the past. Winkelaar made a wooden table that is not only durable and strong; it’s functional and quite nice to look at.

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Craft 2.0 wooden table with gears detail

The Craft 2.0 table is reminiscent of windmills with its dual gears that expand and contract the surface area of the table. The entire assembly is made of nothing but wood and glue; no screws or other modern fasteners were used to put it together.

Modern power tools were used to cut the wood, so it still looks just as smooth and modern as other contemporary furniture. The final product is just as gorgeous as the completely hand-made furniture of decades past and similarly built to last a lifetime.

Craft 2.0 wooden table with gears crank

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“Often I hear people of a certain generation say, ‘back in the days all furniture used to be better, you bought it after got married and it lasted a lifetime. Nowadays most furniture is manufactured in bulk, furniture that is optimized in terms of price/quality due to modern manufacturing methods. This furniture is designed and produced to last a single style period and then to be replaced.'”

Craft 2.0 wooden table with gears side view

“In my opinion, this furniture lacks inspiration and there is little story to tell. After this observation I wondered if the standards of the people from previous generations that say ‘everything used to be better’ can be met in the present time. If a sense of quality, solidity and and emotional value can still be created, but with a modern twist.”

I’ve always had a fascination for old wooden connections, especially the wooden joints used in old Dutch windmills. I think it’s really amazing how something can become automated using old techniques. Wooden gears with bridging technique and pen and hole connections are just a few highlights of what you can found in these mills. These techniques fascinate me so much that I wanted to use it in my latest design.”