Material-minimized long-table, 1996

  • Innovation and design by Troels Grum-Schwensen
  • Prototype for SE96, executed by E.O. Jönsson
  • Design: 1995 – 1996
  • Publicized: 1996 at SE96


An experiment where the pull-forces on the underside of the table-top are removed to a tensed wire.

The aim is to achieve an extraordinarily long span with a thin table-top.


Analogue to a bow – and some bridge-constructions – a center-beam, made by Ash, is pulled into a slightly up-going curve.

When loading the table on the middle the table-top and the beam will only have to deal with push-forces, while the pull-forces will run through the thin wire.


In the ends the wire is mounted to the steel-frames, which are in turn blocked from sliding outwards.


The result is -  that adding load to the table will work as a positively stabilizing factor: The more load, the more the table will lock and stabilize.


The constructive idea of the table is deliberately emphasized to create an easily readable and elegant expression.