A table is, by definition, a horizontal board supported at a convenient height. The Steps Table explores the limits of what we consider “a convenient height” in order to question the commonly accepted idea of a table. When does a piece cease to be what it is and begin to be something else?
This structure is composed of 13 sections of wooden board at different heights, from 60 centimeters to 1.20 meters high, in a system in which each piece is supported by the next piece. It is accompanied by 24 chairs that increase in size along with the progression of the table. In this way it invites diners not only to eat and drink but also to experiment with their own bodies in relation to the furniture and their table companions.
Sitting at the lowest end, we can see what appears to be a sloping table where the guests seem to be floating; by contrast, from the top of the table, we see a cascade of plates, cutlery and glasses that seems to extend to the ground.
Designed for the second anniversary of Mesa Nómada, this project, which from afar looks like an abstract object, blurs the terms we usually use to refer to furniture. At the same time, it is surprisingly functional and comfortable.
Where and when: Mexico City, 2017
Photos: Camila Cossio