This glass and metallic Figure Side Table caught my eye in LivingEtc magazine recently and I’ve been mildly obsessing about it ever since. Mouth-blown coloured glass and a choice of metallic finishes, what’s not to love?
The blue version is the most eye-catching, but there’s also a smoky grey glass base and either colour can have one of three metallic tops – brass, copper or polished stainless steel. At the moment I’m erring on the side of the warm glow of brass, but each one has it’s own charm. The stainless steel looks particularly sharp and clean with the grey glass base, as you can see below.
On the other hand, the blue glass teamed with copper, below, does make a very lovely combination …
Whilst we’re mulling that one over, here are a few more details. The Figure Side Table is part of the always-inspirational Living Etc Edit at Clippings.com, and regular readers will know that this is my go-to site for the best of new design, both from the UK and internationally. It really is like going to all the contemporary design shows, but in the comfort of your own home and without all the hassle.
And it’s the creation of German design brand TEO, which stands for Timeless Everyday Objects. As obvious from the name, designers Lena Billmeier and David Baur, who met whilst product design students, stand for:
After graduating in 2007 the duo’s careers took separate paths for a few years. David, who trained as a master craftsman in furniture making and interior design prior to his design studies, worked for a design agency in Stuttgart. Lena, intent on broadening her horizons, worked first at a Copenhagen-based architectural practice followed by a stint as an in-house designer in Tokyo.
…high quality products with a timeless yet unique design suitable for everyday life. TEO creates long lasting products carefully made by valuable materials like mouth blown glass or hand spun metal.
Their joint experience gained from such diverse backgrounds creates the perfect synergy in their conceptual and design work. They’re practical too, with working hands-on with mock-ups, prototypes and experimenting with materials being a vital part of their design process.
By combining their German roots with global influences David and Lena aim, they say, “to challenge themselves to create fresh, innovative and beautiful design-projects.”
I think with the Figure Side Table they’ve definitely met those goals – it’s a beautiful, timeless and versatile piece that will look fantastic in a whole variety of interiors and will still look fresh in many years’ time. Now it’s just about deciding which combination to choose …