Ambrosiano

Manufactured by Zanotta
2021
When we started thinking about the table, we immediately tried to approach the project thinking about how is used today the home and work spaces, without forgetting the spirit of Zanotta. Thinking about this project in a context such as Zanotta, one cannot forget to take into consideration the Leonardo table or the Bramante table by A&PG Castiglioni. Our attempt was to interpret the typology of the trestle table, or rather use it as a starting point, trying to make it more integrated into a contemporary domestic context, perhaps even removing some expressiveness from it, and smoothing out  the“ laboratory “ feeling that usually this typology has.
If we analyze this typology, usually the advantage of the trestles is that they give flexibility to the table and also a certain freedom in the choice of the materials for the top, and if they are foldable also a space saving. The disadvantage is that, being usually occasional or “work” tables, the trestle is often bulky, and occupying a lot of space for the stability, it does not allow correct use of the seats at the table on a given dimension.
The very simple idea was to lock the trestles in a certain position with steel crosspieces, so that it can be designed as if it were a single leg and not as an element that must stand alone. The fact of locking it does not involve many disadvantages as even the traditional trestles are not moved continuously, and once the position is found they are usually left where they are. In this way, the leg/trestle have a much lower volume which is an advantage for both storage and packaging and obviously for the consumer who has more useful space. Blocking the trestles with crosspieces also allows to have an extremely solid structure and with just eight screws the table is ready for use and that can carry different tops, from glass to wood / HPL up to marble and stone of considerable size and weight.
Our general idea was to offer a product that you develop an affection with and made you want to be used not only during meals, but also for work. We wanted to try to make a domestic product that maintained a “workshop” nouance and the choice of interpreting the trestle type seemed to be the right way. The balance between home and work is the key to reading the project.
Pictures Mattia Balsamini, Studio mist-o