A Lot of options: the new table by Wolfgang Hartauer
After his K8 side table Wolfgang Hartauer has now developed a new large folding table concept for Tecta: Lot, which will be presented at imm 2017. “I was looking for a table that had a “flexible” side – that’s why it has a semi-circular shape,” says Hartauer. “At the same time, I wanted a table that can be extended or retracted as needed. So a folding mechanism was on the agenda.”Hartauer named his table “Lot” as a reference to the German word for perpendicular. Simultaneously, his folding table plays with geometries: a semicircle that is rotated 90 degrees to form a support for the folding element. Hartauer’s idea: to create movement that you can read in the furniture.Lot is versatile: It can serve both as a dining and work table.
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Lot is versatile: It can serve both as a dining and work table. Not only is it easy to extend or retract but it can also be moved freely around the room without any effort. Despite being made of solid wood, this is a mobile piece of furniture thanks to its hidden rolling mechanism. Lot can be lifted on the round side to move it very easily with one hand on its super-silent castors and then folded down and pushed against a wall.
Lot only requires one person to steer it. Versatile enough for an openplan office. Those who require more work space, can simply direct Lot wherever it is needed.
The qualified carpenter and trained architect, who freely admits he likes to work with his hands, went freelance in 2014 with his design firm Interior Things based in Holzminden. The central theme of his work is creating clear designs and order through passion and precision. Thus also arose “Meterware”, his desk and wall tray system. True to Hartauer’s intent, a design that urges: “Take me in your hands and move me!” Powder-coated aluminium profiles hold stylish wooden or felt trays.
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Everything fits, nothing catches, it’s all playfully experiential and accessible. Sensuous, tactile and precise, all at the same time. Asked what he will do in the next life, Hartauer is quick to respond: become a watchmaker. Surprising? Not really, rather the logical consequence of his approach to aesthetics and order, and truly befitting of him.
Interview with Wolfgang Hartauer
Lot is cast
What does the name Lot stand for?
“im Lot” means “perpendicular” in German, which translates into the distinctive semi circle connecting the frame and top.
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Folding mechanisms for tables can be complicated – and often require a lot of strength, especially for solid wooden tables like Lot. How did you solve this?
By playing with geometries: a semicircle that is rotated 90 degrees to form a support for the folding element. I wanted to create movement that you can read in the furniture. All the necessary components are visible. There is no high-tech mechanism where you have to extend or pull out something, nothing has to be folded in a complicated manner or anything like that.
Do you see Lot rather as a dining table or work table?
Both! Lot is a highly functional contemporary piece of furniture and therefore meets all kinds of requirements. Not only is it easy to extend or retract but it can also be moved freely around the room without any effort.
Lot is made of solid oak, so how can a table like this be mobile?
The table is asymmetric for a reason. There is a hidden rolling mechanism built into the 4 cm thick frame. It features ball-bearing castors. If you lift the table on the round side, you can move it very easily with one hand. And you can fold down the straight side and push it against a wall, for example. We spent a lot of time on the details: we built in magnets to ensure that the table top would stick to the frame without swaying when folded down, even while the table was being moved.
It is a hidden added value that you cannot immediately see from its appearance. The decisive mechanisms, components that we needed, didn’t exist off the peg. We had to develop them individually for Lot. It was a long process!