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.”
“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.