Conversation starter



Furniture • 2017

This table makes use of tactile sensation to support focused conversation between two people. Placing a finger between the panels prompts users to traverse the surface, exploring the transition between cool glass and warm wood while engaging in fruitful conversation. Inspired by the graphic design of the 60’s and 70’s, the oak panels convey a sense of whimsy and movement, as if the panels are floating in space.


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Using both glass and wood add a new dimension of complexity to this table. Illusions of floating and weightlessness are what make this table something to capture a conversation. 


I wanted to see if I could create a link between tactile feedback and increased levels of focus. I hypothesised varying the degree of surface manipulation could give the user touching the table something to stay physically stimulated while keeping their brain on track. 


Texture studies that explored inversion and extrusion at varying degrees helped create a scale of what was supportive of focus and what actually distracted. 

The studies could be broken down into their predictability and how chaotic the response was to the user. I found through research an inverted texture was more relaxing than a chaotic extruded structure. 

Object Development

Build Process

CNC job to create the corners of the removable frame. CNC was necessary to create an area for the glass to nest within the frame.

Doweling jig was used to attach all edges of the frame together... until someone broke it. Never leave a glue up unattended!

Panels were routed to a finished edge and adhered to the glass with silicone caulk. Each panel needed to be the right width from one another so one could still feel the glass if they rested their hand in a groove.

Legs were individually tapered and routed for a soft edge. They were then biscuit jointed together to create the base to support the table top.