Dinner at an art fair would be boring if it didn’t involve some art itself, hence this lovely long dining table by charles kaisin with trunks and branches reaching up to and through its surface, then splaying out to umbrella the guests below.
Per DesignBoom, “the 36 seater table was completed by gold flooring and white draping. The guests, including elio di ruppo, jean-paul gaultier, xavier and hurbert guerrand-hermès enjoyed 36 birds flying above their heads as they feasted on a seven course meal.”
In some places, cut-off trunks become supports for candlesticks, lending appropriate forest-worthy mood lighting to the room.
While it was a one-off project – more installation or performance art than furniture – this inspired piece certainly has a role to play beyond its one magical night, in the form of inspiring other creations that bend the rules (or branches) of convention.
Kaisin later added to his Tree Table idea with an installation called Phylactéres, presented alongside the branching dining area.
“Charles Kaisin always goes further in his ideas because according to him, there are no limits to art. This is the very first time the designer has designed lighting fixtures. Through his latest creation, he seeks to find the point of convergence between art, design and poetry. His creations encourage us to manipulate and play with language. In this case, phylacteries refer to the bubbles used by comic strip artists to make their characters talk. Charles Kaisin reflects and makes us think about language and communication.”
“Phylacteries are created from glass and copper being natural materials. The glass bubbles are made in the traditional way, in fact, they are hand-blown in Val Saint Lambert while the copper is worked in a traditional way. The collection presents 6 different words: love, desire, dream, joy, happy & hope. The current passes through the copper wire before reaching the lamp that illuminates the word. These were made in 4 different colours chosen by the designer such as: Blue, aubergine, champagne and yellow.”
About the designer:
“In 2001, Charles Kaisin graduated from Ron Arad’s class at the Royal College of Art in London where he explored the processes that generate forms. He had already qualified as an architecture in Brussels. In 1997, Charles did an internship at the studio of Jean Nouvel in Paris and at Tony Cragg in Germany. In 2000, he took part in an exchange program at the Kyoto University of Arts, where he studied the art of paper folding and the processes of extending objects.”
“Charles Kaisin has different areas of predilection: recycling, geometry & movements. The objects he creates have a contemporary design & singular identity. He articulates his work around 3 axes: objects design, architecture & scenography. This makes him versatile and allows him to extend his creative spectrum.”