Planar Side Table by Fort Standard

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The Brooklyn-based studio Fort Standard created the Planar Side Table, a minimalist side table. The idea for the project came when Fort Standard’s Gregory Buntain saw a three-inch-thick block of travertine at a stone supplier’s shop that reminded him of Mies Van Der Rohe’s Barcelona Pavilion, where the material was used in the floor, as well as the external walls and benches. Although travertine is a common material, it is rarely seen without its porous surface filled with a similar coloured epoxy to give a smoother finish.

The material became the project’s focal point, intending to create a design that highlighted the travertine. The thickness of the material determined the general structure, and the final form was made up of three intersecting planes, resulting in a practical and sculptural item.

Each of the three parts was crucial in achieving a sense of balance in the usable surface space. The construction of the design involves “two stone ‘tenons’ which pierce through the top. Rather than having one large tenon, I made two square tenons so that they could both be perfect squares the same width as the thickness of the material.”

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