The MT-Series tables are a collaboration project between an architect Nicolaas Wilkens and industrial designer Michael Kritzer (alwaysgoodcompany.com), and is borne out of necessity and curiosity to solve a basic need; functional and durable work surfaces for our new shared office space in Seattle.
Speaking a common language of design that includes sketching, modeling and a curiosity about materials, the tables were developed to combine the stability and presence of place of architecture with the needs of sensitivity and approach-ability for an object within space.The outcome is a series of well-crafted tables that can easily adapt to a wide range of environments without giving up its sense of bearing. The natural edge plywood tops and legs allude to the manufacturing process and warmth of wood. The working edge is protected by the powder-coated "working edge" welded steel frame that acts as a seat for both the wood top and legs. The design is inherently relatable and affable, with details that are economical, visible and intelligible. The tables currently come in 3 sizes and 2 height variations (desk height and counter height) in order to address various daily functional needs and correct balance with the chosen interior work landscape. The longest table, at 12 foot, is both a nod to flexibility and an acceptance that as design professionals, we have a wide range of assets – drawings, sketches, materials, samples, etc. – that need to keep close at hand but never cluttered. It is also an affirmation for the difficulty in letting stuff go and the desire for a never ending table. By refining the purpose of work surfaces through the lens of architecture and industrial design, a set of unique furniture pieces takes form. One that embodies the presence of its environment and the varying needs of the everyday.