Attention to detail is the common thread running through the wide range of Molteni&C. design tables. This series of Diamond tables, designed by Patricia Urquiola, reminds us of Japanese origami, thanks to the solid legs with polyurethane expanse inserts that fold in on themselves. There are a number of finishes available, both for the structure as well as the top, one standout option being the Sahara Noir marble. As well as Diamond, the Spanish designer has created another two tables in the Molteni&C collection: Codex and Asterias. The first picks up on the styles of the Scriba desk and Night&Day sofa, with its characteristic base that resembles a bar code. The second has been inspired by the cactus plant of the same name (Astrophytum asterias, also known as the Star cactus). Again, a number of details stand out, like the rotating central plate and the six curved wooden panels, shaped like wedges and entirely printed in 3D, which cover the base. Arc, designed by the British studio Foster + Partners and awarded the ELLE DECOR Design Award in 2011, was described as a “sculpture-table” thanks to the base, inspired by a tensile structure used in modern buildings, as well as the material used for its production: a particular kind of mass coloured cement. An innovative, resistant and environmentally-friendly product. The Molteni&C catalogue also contains LessLess, the series that Jean Nouvel - designer of the Graduate suspended bookcase - originally designed for the Cartier Foundation. The distinguishing feature of these tables, rectangular or square, is in the slimness of the horizontal top as well as the use of corners and folds that guarantee excellent resistance. This is followed by the Ron Gilad’s 45°/Table series: this range is striking due to its rounded tops which mean you can go from a 90° to a 45° angle. The top is in transparent glass, while the aluminium structure can be opaque lacquered or covered in black durmast. The Molteni&C designer table collection is concluded with three sets designed by the Milanese designer, Rodolfo Dordoni. The first one, Mayfair, has trapezoidal or truncated pyramid shaped support plinths, with tempered glass or wood tops; a focus on the geometrical elements that can also be found in the Where series. Lastly, the Filigree tables stand out for the sinuous shape of the legs, produced in aluminium die casting. Even though the tops are so slim, they can be extended thanks to an invisible and innovative side telescopic system.
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