Just a Frame and a Surface: T-NO.1 Table

Is it really possible? “A table which can be used both for meetings and for dinner”? According to American designer Todd Bracher, yes indeed. His T-No. 1 Table, part of Fritz Hansen‘s T-No. 1 Collection, is both “sophisticated and natural.” The Collection includes many incarnations of Bracher’s Table, aimed for conference or soiree.

T-No. 1 Table. Designed by Todd Bracher. Manufactured by Fritz Hansen.

You can buy the table as a freestanding unit in a variety of sizes and finishes. The streamlined legs have something of an arachnid feel, perhaps a robotic spideresque. For anoyne who just caught the Halloween edition of The Simpsons, T-No. 1’s legs may inspire transformer horror-they look mobile enough to suddenly become cyborg arms, or spears for that matter. But not really. In actuality, the Table’s legs have a sleek linearity and an angular emphasis. Their material, as well, contributes to the T-No.1 Table’s allure: choose from mirror-polished, black, or white powder-coated aluminium. For the table top, Bracher gives you even more options: glass, white laminate, maple, walnut, and coloured ash veneer in black.

Just a Frame and a Surface: T-NO.1 Table

Just a Frame and a Surface: T-NO.1 Table

The effect of all these combinations is an emphasis on “function and experience.” Bracher believes that “No material selection is arbitrary; it is precise and integral to the object’s very purpose.” Which very well explains the party or work malleability of the T-No.1 Table.” The white/white combination deserves your finger food, perhaps under the Ociu Pendant. In black on black, the T-No.1 beckons guests for a gourmet spread; paired with the Spaghetti Chandelier, you might be inspired to serve noodles. The birch and stainless means business-but you’ll be somewhat pacified by its style as you roll out the blueprints.

Besides all of the above-noted positives, Bracher has made the T-No. 1 Table available in units that connect, thereby making the Table possible in endless lengths. If you love it and desire mammoth proportions-such as those in The World’s Longest Table for All Cultures-then you can easily fulfill your sizable desire.

Bracher has somewhat of a Danish affinity, which would explain his connection to Fritz Hansen. Bracher was born and raised in the United States, but studied in Copenhagen and “takes Scadinavian design tradition as his reference point.” Even though he’s recently returned to New York, Bracher seems to have been given unofficial citizenship in Denmark. The T-No.1 Table would seem to indicate so, given its clean and simple lines. Bracher states: “It's important for me that it doesn't demand too many explanations. There is nothing to understand - it is just a frame and a surface.” Sounds very European, n’est-ce pas?

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