Dundee PenTable

Pentagonal tiling guides a multi-use table set

  • Type Furniture
  • Location Omaha, Nebraska
  • Status Built
  • Date 2020

The Dundee PenTable, or PenTable2 reinterprets the classic 1930 Parsons Table designed by Jean-Michel Frank, here as a 5-sided table that affords unexpected and fun combinations. Used individually, it is an unusual 5-sided table; grouped together the tables open up endless possibility. The tables can be composed in a variety of arrangements to support a multitude of social situations, from meals for two, to board meetings, to large dinners. Made of thermally-modified Ash with a rich multi-layered finish, top boards are attached with hidden fasteners and may be removed for deep cleaning or refinishing. The tables rest atop total-lock casters with non-marking wheels on one side and glides on the other providing a stable surface and ease of movement.

We designed the Dundee Table for Film Streams‘ Dundee Theatre in Omaha as a movable outdoor table set for the Paul & Annette Smith Patio where we also designed a matching pair of benches (completed in 2021). The design is a variation of the PenTable originally designed by FACT for the Salina Art Center and revised by MOD, but never released.

The Dundee PenTables were fabricated and finished by our collaborators at Long Grain Furniture in Omaha.

 

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PenTable2 reinterprets the classic 1930 Parsons Table designed by Jean-Michel Frank

Generative diagram (from original PenTable) for geometric pentagonal tiling

Pentagonal tiling geometry allow tables to be combined in multiple ways to create endless opportunities

Some possible tiling configurations with 4 tables

12 tables form a complete circle

Total-lock casters with non-marking wheels on one side and glides on the other providing a stable surface and ease of movement

At the Dundee Theater, the table is paired with Vitra's Tip Ton chair, designed by Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby in 2011 to take advantage of the health benefits of a forward-tilting chair.

Photography By Colin Conces
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