When I first saw the Abacus table, it jogged my memory of being afraid of insects and arachnids during childhood. This happened since the table looks like a spider, with just the head missing! Now, the table isn’t exactly poised on eight legs, unlike a spider’s body, but the steel structure is so long and wide open that it looks like a spider fanging towards its prey.
The Abacus table is designed by Belgian designer Pierre-Emmanuel Vandeputte who took inspiration from the Abacus calculating tool used in ancient times. It is neither one of those fancy design furniture pieces that would add to home décor nor involves any psychedelic concept that would leave anyone scratching their head. Rather, it is a simple table comprising a powder-coated steel base and black steel slab (plates) as its top.
As I said, it isn’t poised on eight legs, but its four steel frames and the H-stretcher keep it sturdy all the time. Putting conventions aside, the tabletop glide and move freely along the structure without any restriction. It is totally up to the user whether they want to use a single slab as a tabletop for two people or use multiple slabs for the entire family dinner.
These steel plates have depression in the bottom which helps them glide on the steel structure. Well, there are wooden plates on the designer’s website, but I am not sure, if they are really available with the entire set or not.
Once the plates are removed, the true identity of the table is revealed which measures 70-inches in length, 29-inches in breadth, while it stands 31-inches high. The table is up for purchase starting at $3787 and the cost inflates with the increase in size of the table. For more information or any price-related query, visit Pierre-Emmanuel Vandeputte‘s website.