RM I Is a Perplexing Table Made Out of Square Aluminum Tubes

The latest addition to furniture by Zurich architect Joseph Smolenicky United objects Collection is the RM I table. This amazing table is made entirely of square aluminum tubes configured in a formation that shows how a complex object can be made from a simple material.

Square tube table

Square tube table

With the RM I, the beauty is in the details, and there are many of them. The structure of the square tube characterizes the expression in this table. The offset edge of the diamond tabletop is created directly and naturally from the table legs below. On the other hand, the table legs develop as a vertical continuity of the horizontal tubular structure of the table top.

Instead of the typical rectangle, Smolenicky chose a diamond shape to encourage communication between the four people sitting at the table. While a rectangle enforces the frontal orientation, the diamond shape allows all four people to face each other.

Table detail made of square tube

Table detail made of square tube

The table top and legs have a unique relationship that allows them to create a diamond-like negative space that floats under the table. At the intersection of the table legs is a single piece of vertically positioned pipe that creates the illusion that the table itself is floating in the air. At the bottom of each of the table legs is a twisted piece of square tube that serves as a foot. At the top, the tips of the table legs meet the tips of the diamond tabletop, creating a dramatic moment.

Table detail made of square tube

Table detail made of square tube

Table detail made of square tube

Square tube table

Joseph Smolenicky

Photos by Andreas Graber Fotografie, Zurich.

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