New Work: Pinch Table

The Pinch table began as an experiment in joinery, production and collaboration. I had wanted to create a piece of furniture that was able to pack flat and able to be assembled without hardware. I also wanted to create an design collaboration with my girlfriend Ella (who is an amazing artist herself).

What resulted was a 48 inch long hall table made of white oak and painted plywood. The table made up of three major parts. The table top: made of rift sawn white oak that was CNC cut to shape. The Legs: hand painted birch plywood with a screen printed pattern that was also CNC cut. And the trestle beams: made of solid white oak.

To assemble, the legs are inserted through the joinery in the tabletop. The legs then turn 90 degrees to their final position, wedging the tabletop in between their cutouts. Finally, the two trestle beams drop down and lock the legs in place. This construction results in a rigid structure that can be moved about the same as any other household furniture. When ready to disassemble, simply pop up the trestle beams, slide them out, and remove the legs with a 90 degree twist.

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As I refined my design here in Maine, I sent progress documentation to Ella who is currently studying in Florence. She continued to refine her pattern design and she sent the final proof to me for printing. The project connected us, and although we are thousands of miles apart, the final piece is remarkably cohesive. Our individual aesthetics complement each other. It was truly exciting to print her design onto my work. Hopefully we can continue to collaborate in ways similar to this in the future. 

The table is attractively elegant, lightweight in design, economic in production, and easy to ship!

A combination of several differently designed legs can allow for a customization of visual texture. Also, being modular, the same legs can be used for a variety of table top designs.

I am very excited about the final product and I am already progressing this design with a more complex piece. Contact Rangeley Morton at rmorton@meca.edu for more information about the Pinch table, or esevy@meca.edu for more information about her print.