Alain Gilles' Mass Table Wireframe Base Looks Like 19th Century Petticoat

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    Design Design Mar 15, 2017 08:51 AM EDT


    Some mass tables created by Brussels designer Alain Gilles look pretty interesting. They are made with bent metal frameworks that look rather like crinoline petticoats.

    Made by Alain Gilles for the Italian brand Bonaldo, the design looks bigger, with more solid bases that act as supports for dining tables. A single central point makes the tabletop seem as if it is floating on the metal support. It looks like a sort of wireframe model that is part of a design process, according to DeZeen.

    Doesn't the base look like "crinoline", an underskirt that had been the rage for high-society women of the 19th century, in 1830? The design gives it a rather traditional look. However, it is also modern and looks like the "wireframe" structure of a 3D CAD model that is used by architects and designers, according to Alain You can see these wireframes if you are sculpting a design in 3D on the computer. Hence, the base appears to be subtly blending tradition and modernity, explained the designer Alain Gilles.

    You can check the mass tables designed by Alain Gilles, which have been made available in various finishes. They have wood, glass or marble tabletops. This is one table with a "strong personality", yet it does not take up too much visual space. The table seems to give off a visual tension and mobility, even as one moves away from, or around it, explains Gilles.

    Alain Gilles recently launched this easy-to-assemble chair as part of office furniture this year. One of his creations was an extendable table showing its internal workings, as well as furniture sitting on bright, sloping legs.

    The brand seems to be part of a heritage that pointed to Alain Gilles as a specialist manufacturer of furniture parts for the mass tables. His process blended technology as well as human craftsmanship. The base was created by computerized, numerically controlled machines. Every tubular section was bent and sliced. Finally, a welder finished the framework. 

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