The table enables new forms of communication through a sophisticated arrangement of material and structure.
Like the reciprocating back and forth of a good conversation, the table is made up of a field of delicate wooden fins that vary in angle to each other and interlock to form an intricate lattice that appears most transparent in the vicinity of the person sitting diagonally opposite the viewer and increasingly opaque elsewhere. As verbal communication accounts for only a small part of how we interact, the To-and-Fro Table facilitates more open full body communication with certain individuals while remaining discreetly hidden to others.
The prototype is made from solid walnut and with a low reflective iron free glass top.
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