The table is where we share and commune. It provides the architecture of that space that brings us together. It’s a place of daily encounter and also of festivities and celebrations. Lighting the table is as much about creating an atmosphere as the materials with which the table and chairs are constructed. From intimate to convivial, from business meetings to romantic encounters light makes experiences, light is life.
The space directly above the dining table is one of the possibilities, a void that demands light. If that light is a feature light fitting then it serves a dual purpose, it represents the coming together around a table and illuminates that encounter. The Kontur light by Sebastian Herkner is a light of two elements, the unmistakable physical frame and opaline glass diffuser as well as the magical suggestive light that comes and goes. It represents that which is there and that which is possible.
When the table is the setting for unforgettable moments then a special illumination is required. One that grabs the attention and rewards scrutiny on closer inspection. One that can equally disappear into the background. Halo Jewel by Martín Azúa throws light on tables where special moments are shared. Its angled poise, its universal geometry, its metal clips make time around the table precious.
Food is a universal language and the dining table is the setting for the theatre that is food. Getting the right balance between seeing and appreciating but not saturating the table with light is a delicate balancing act. Ichiro Iwasaki’s Flat bounces light off flat metal circles floating in space back down to the focus of the dining table.
The table is many things during the course of the day. A workspace, a dining table, a kitchen worktop a just a place for a coffee break. This element is even more marked with a light fitting like Flamingo, a fitting that is chameleon-like, adjustable, versatile – many things all at once. Antoni Arola added a counterweight that intuitively allows the user to fit the ambience with the table, no matter what demands are placed on it.
The table is a space of encounter and conversation. Sitting upright with legs tucked under the table top our view is directed inwards towards one another. Musa by Note Design Studio projects the light that encourages intimacies; soft and rounded, indirect with a visible focal point. Like the art of conversation Musa describes a light that is authentic but never too direct and draws us together through language and lighting.