I found a low wooden table in a crafts shop in Tokyo; it came from Korea, they told me, and is apparently a typology made in a wide variety of versions on the same theme. I’ve been living with the original for a number of years now and have come to appreciate it more and more.
When Didier Krzentowski asked me to do a show at Galerie Kreo, the first idea I had was to do a series of tables in Carrara marble. Somehow I got side-tracked and decided to use this table as a stacking, modular system. I remember sometime in the 70s a new piece of furniture was invented; it was a long low shelf, usually fixed to the wall of the living room, and used very simply to put books and objects on, or to sit on.
The modular version of this can be composed by stacking various combinations of the three members of the system. The marble tops have been hollowed out and a sheet of honeycomb aluminium inserted to lower the weight and increase the strength, so adjusting the combination is not so implausible. The Kreo series in marble is a limited edition, while Cappellini will offer a less exclusive, cheaper version in solid oak.
Extract from Everything but the Walls by Jasper Morrison (Lars Müller Publishers, 2006)