RUBEN BECKERS- KLEINERGLEICH5
Shown at the [D3] Design Talents competition exhibition at imm Cologne, the wooden table created by German designer Ruben Beckers weighs -as its name already indicates- just under 5 or 4,5 kilograms, half the weight of Benjamin Hubert’s table unveiled during the London Design Festival last September, which claimed to the world’s lightest table. Beckers employed a grid of extremely thin wooden strips to create a rigid structure beneath the slender table top, to ensure a high structural load-bearing capacity, and to make it extremely lightweight. The lengths of wood slot together at five-centimetre intervals to created the lattice, which is 28 millimetres deep. Removable solid-wood legs are bent into the holes in the grid to connect them with the table top, eliminating the need for a table skirt that traditionally acts as a stabilizer for all four corners. The table was designed during the Wood*Transformation project at the Kassel School of Art and Design.