Marble, Ash
Size & Weight:
H: 40 x L: 130 x D: 38,5 cm
50 kg
Styled images – Normann Copenhagen
Studio images – Magne Sandnes
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[ 2012 ]

Solid is a robust coffee table that sits right at the crossroads between Japanese tradition and a humble, Nordic appreciation for the forests’ finest materials. The table is designed around the principles of Torii – the gate that marks the transition from the profane to the sacred in Japanese Shinto-temples – gathering inspiration from its wood- and stone-based construction. A solid layer of marble rests firmly on a strong, foundation of Nordic elm to complete the seamless marriage between Japanese and Nordic aesthetics.

Solid reflects the core philosophy of designer Lars Beller; to design furniture that achieves a sense of both timelessness and longevity through an immediate, honest functionalism in form and aesthetic.

The philosophy is clearly evident in Bellers’ choice of references for Solid, mixing a classic Nordic appreciation for natural materials with Japanese craft and tradition. Beller adds yet another nod to Nordic and Japanese crafting-traditions through his refusal of glue, bolts and screws. Instead, ’Solid’ deploys a traditional interlocking-system that uses the weight of the marble plate to create a solid, steady table.

Lars on process:

“One of the first ideas I had for this coffee table was to design it in such a way that it could be flat packed. I found the idea of combining a luxury product with a flat pack solution immensely intriguing. One of the challenges I wanted to solve was to come up with a construction that the user intuitively knew how to assemble.”

All the parts (Photo: Bjarte Bjørkum)

About manufacturer

Normann Copenhagen

“Normann Copenhagen is a Danish design company with the mission to create original and innovative products in a simple and contemporary design that withstands the test of time. Or in other words, to challenge conventional thinking and make the ordinary extraordinary through great design.

Established in 1999 by Jan Andersen and Poul Madsen, the Normann Copenhagen brand encompasses a wide and continuously growing collection of furniture, lighting, textiles and home accessories.”
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