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You may remember a certain stellar folding chair from Robert van Embricqs with nesting elements that rise up to create a seat. Now he has made a matching flat-pack table using the same elegant technological approach.

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A series of careful incisions create a pattern that at once hints at function but goes beyond the bare-bones necessity of a set of corner-based legs as well. Wood throughout makes the form paramount and material secondary.

From the designer:

“The Rising Table is part of the Rising furniture formula. This means that once again, the origins of this design can be traced back to the rather simple idea of starting with a flat surface that is capable of transforming into a piece of stylishly designed furniture. In designing the Rising Table it was of paramount importance that the source materials both dictated and guided the ultimate design, while ensuring practical appliance and usability. “

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“During the design process, it was important to stick as close to nature as possible. Using natural design concepts for inspiration, various ways in which transformation was studied without the cumbersome involvement of man. This inspired the incision pattern in the flat surface of the wood that resulted into the creation of a latticework of ‘woven’ bamboo beams that make up the center of the table. By emphasing nature’s logic, a seemingly random collection of bamboo beams organically merges to form the figuratively beating heart of the Rising Table.”

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“A conscious choice for functionality in design, doesn’t necessarily mean one has to be burdened by conformity, let alone predictability. The Rising Table ignores the cliched notion that a table is little more than a flat surface that is held up by four separate legs. The result is a surprising mixture of fluid design that blends the multifaceted tabletop with the latticework of wooden beams that function as the center of the construct. From there, the table sprouts four wooden beams that hold up the entire construct.”