The construction of the Joist Table reflects the way timber floor joists fit into structural steelwork – the ash legs fit into the extruded aluminium ‘i-beam’ and two bolts on the underside of the legs pull into each other through the beam, holding the structure together and giving it its strength. The glass top rests on silicone pads to eliminate movement. The distinctive red iron oxide finish used on the beam reflects the finish used on industrial steelwork to prevent rust and corrosion.
‘The Joist Table was inspired by my time working as a carpenter on houses, offices and public buildings. I scaled down modern architectural construction methods to create a domestic product.’
The design allows for efficient shipping, easy assembly, and a conservative use of materials while maintaining strength and providing a clean and understandable construction narrative. The beam can be cut to length, resulting in bespoke tables to suit different room sizes.