The Colander Table Daniel Rohr


Designed in 2009

The Colander Table
An Illusion in Aluminium and Glass
by Daniel Rohr

Hand Polished Milled Aluminium and Plate Glass
A Limited Edition of 8 plus 2 prototypes and 2 artist's proofs
Signed and numbered

length 160cm width 95cm height 72cm (63 x 37.5 x 28.5 in)

commissioned directly from the artist

This table is the culmination of a year of experimentation with aluminium to achieve an optical illusion by deleting both space and material. By creating empty spaces between the materials, the plate glass surface and the bowl of the table, and within the material itself, the 909 holes, the artist has created an illusion. When viewed from certain angles, the glass surface disappears becoming one with the mirror polished aluminium below and objects placed on the surface appear to float. The legs too take up the theme with their vertically milled lines deduced from the pattern of holes in the table; the light and shadow effect produced gives them the appearance of glass.

The Colander Table is significant in terms of re-thinking the possibilities of both the form and the material used. As with the enthusiasm for plywood as a 'new' material able to be used in innovative ways in the mid 20th century, Rohr shows us here at the beginning of the 21st, new ways with aluminium. The hand polished cnc milling process is the only way to achieve the tautnes of curve, precision of design and superb level of finish required to achieve this merging of space and material. This is a unique and beautiful design which transcends its traditional form and the time of its making; it luxuriates in the possibilities of the material and the ingenious process of its production. The artist has fulfilled his dream; a museum quality piece of art/design furniture made without compromise.

Winner of the Country Life/LAPADA “Object of the Year 2011” Competition

2012 - Masterpiece, Chelsea, London
2011 - International Fine Art and Antiques Fair, Olympia, London. Winner of the LAPADA/Country Life 'Object of the Year' Competition
2011 - Milan Design Week - Superstudio Piu "Temporary Museum for New Design" April
2011 - d3 Professionals IMM Cologne Germany, January
2010 - Milan Design Week - Superstudio Piu, Selected Objects April
2009 - Designersblock - Earl's Court, London September

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