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August 17, 2009 – 11:05 pm

Says What it is and it is What it Says

- Posted in Architectural, Competitons, Extended Portfolio by Fran

The Table table

The Table table

We were bouncing a few ideas around the office and workshop the other day, looking for some inspiration and a new project, when we came across some clear perspex table tops that we had left over from the Irish Blog Awards.
So the discussion then switched to: “We could do this?”, “What if we tried that?” and “Wouldn’t it be cool if we made it like that?” etc. The ideas kept coming like the proverbial snow ball rolling down a hill until we had an avalanche of thoughts and quickly sketched designs.
We decided that we would make two of our earliest ideas, but we would use coloured expanded polystyrene (EPS) rather the standard white colour, to see how they would look without having to paint them.
The reaction to the tables from some of our friends on Twitter was very positive, so that gave us more food for thought. For those of you not familiar with twitter, it is a free micro-blogging service that enables its users to send and read messages known as tweets. The tweets are text-based messages that allow up to 140 characters to be sent using a computer or mobile phone.

This is clearly a Coffee table.

This is clearly a Coffee table.

We thought that, if we were having so many ideas, it would be fun to see what you readers could come up with, so with that in mind, we decided that we would run a competition.
We are asking you to create a table design upon which we can place a perspex top. We will make the winning design and send it to you.
The table can be a logo, name or design of your own making. All we ask is that all the elements connect to one another and that it is approximately 800mm (32″) wide x 400mm (16″) high. It can be virtually any shape, eliptical, rectangular or an irregular design.

You can forward your entries to info(at)

Designs will not to be used without the owner’s consent or forwarded to any 3rd parties. We can use most vector-based file types or convert an image file. If you any questions please leave a comment or contact us at the email address above.

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  1. Jennifer Farley

    Posted August 18, 2009 at 8:38 am | Permalink

    That’s very cool. Will have to have a good think about this!

  2. Stewart Curry

    Posted August 18, 2009 at 8:45 am | Permalink

    I wonder how many html table references you’ve gotten so far? :)

  3. Fran

    Posted August 18, 2009 at 6:11 pm | Permalink

    Hi Jennifer,
    Thanks for the comment. I look forward to seeing you entry or entries. I will amend the post so that people are not restricted to a rectangular design.

  4. Fran

    Posted August 18, 2009 at 6:24 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for the comment Stewart.
    With my limited knowledge on web design, I thought html tables were frowned upon nowadays?
    I would hope that a table designed from polystyrene foam would be cherished. ;-)

  5. Damien Mulley

    Posted August 25, 2009 at 7:20 pm | Permalink

    No Feet On

  6. Florian SEROUSSI

    Posted August 25, 2009 at 7:30 pm | Permalink

    Very cool. Need to order a custom coffee table for the office asap.

  7. Fran

    Posted August 25, 2009 at 7:56 pm | Permalink

    Thanks Damien and Florian for your comments.

    @ Damien. Like the idea. We could use either the text or text with feet outlines. :-)

    @ Florian. Enter an idea into the competition or if you can’t wait send me an email.

  8. Nick McGivney

    Posted August 25, 2009 at 11:26 pm | Permalink


  9. Fran

    Posted August 26, 2009 at 5:00 pm | Permalink

    Thanks Nick for leaving a comment.

    No string vegatables sorry, variables here. Just very well balanced furniture that has no place for any horses.

  10. Stewart Curry

    Posted August 28, 2009 at 12:44 pm | Permalink

    uns / vege / uninhabi

  11. Vinny

    Posted August 28, 2009 at 3:19 pm | Permalink

    Do you only accept vector or can you accept 3d? Like stl’s, obj’s etc….

  12. Fran

    Posted August 28, 2009 at 6:12 pm | Permalink

    @Stewart, good to see you back and leaving some suggestions.

    @ Vinny, the machine cuts in 2D although we can cut some 3D items. The most common files we work with are *.eps, *.pdf, *.dxf, *.dwg, *.plt and *.ai. We can accept other vector based files and we do convert some image files.

  13. Sean

    Posted August 31, 2009 at 11:28 am | Permalink

    . (periodic) / Time / League / Sor / Top / Adap

  14. Fran

    Posted August 31, 2009 at 10:31 pm | Permalink

    Sean, thanks for the names to suit the table theme. Pure Au.

    Most comments have favoured using names to date, anyone with a design or logo please submit your ideas and we will put them on view here.

  15. cemal mavis

    Posted October 9, 2009 at 9:10 pm | Permalink

    now i want to manufacture some steam room seatings with EPS. would you please give me the standards or design techniques of seating with EPS?
    for e.g. what will be the density of EPS?24-29kg/m3, more or less?
    Is there any rules or world wide standards about steam room seatings???
    thanks to all!

  16. Fran

    Posted October 10, 2009 at 9:08 am | Permalink

    Thanks for the comment Cemal.
    Each steam-room tends to be unique in style & design, we can make suggestion to the architect/designer/client but we work with there drawings. The specifications are usually stated on the drawings and they have to conform to local building regulations.

  17. cemal mavis

    Posted October 12, 2009 at 7:20 am | Permalink

    Thanks Fran,
    So you mean it depends on architecht or designer!
    Have a nice day!

  18. Fran

    Posted October 12, 2009 at 9:02 pm | Permalink

    Thanks again Cemal for your comment.

    Our clients for steam-rooms, spa and treatment rooms tend to be architect or design firms. We would work together and make design suggestions and develop ideas together along with the building and tiling contractors.

  19. Andrew

    Posted November 30, 2009 at 10:09 pm | Permalink

    Hi, did you make a table or are you still taking submissions?

  20. Fran

    Posted December 1, 2009 at 9:41 am | Permalink

    Hi Andrew,

    Thanks for the question.

    Most of the replies and emails we received were for words or phrases. We have received a few designs, however, we are going to let this run to the end of the year and make the winning design in January.

    If you have an idea or design you are welcome to submit it.

  21. tom

    Posted August 30, 2010 at 9:39 pm | Permalink

    so what design won???

  22. Fran

    Posted August 30, 2010 at 11:23 pm | Permalink

    Hi Tom,
    Unfortunately we only received 2 ideas by the end of January.
    One was withdrawn and we couldn’t get in contact the other person.

    We were a little surprised as we thought this idea would appeal to someone who’d want to create an unusual 2d shape out of unusual material.

  23. Kaela

    Posted February 1, 2012 at 11:18 pm | Permalink

    I want so badly to have the one that says “Coffee”! Do you guys sell these?

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