(May 2008) Nothing is impossible: The German furniture manufacturer Draenert has succeeded in constructing a dining-room table with an extendable stone table-top. Named „Atlas“ after the titan of Greek mythology, the furniture was awarded one of the IF Product-design-Awards 2008.
The innovation is based on a patented technique, by which the extention-pannel, normally hidden under the table-top, can be swung out by means of a ball-bearing construction. Simultaneously the main slab slides in opposite direction allowing space for the extention-pannel to move into position. The extention-pannel is lifted into fit flush with the main slab by means of a spring support. Note that the extention-pannel may be be swivelled into position at either end of the table.
The furniture comes in a variety of over 200 types of stone. The photo shows a talbe in Brasilian Black Tiger granite. It also comes in massiv wood or veneer. The base-construction is made of brushed aluminium.
Draenert is a medium-sized enterprise in the field of metal construction and well known for mastering complex constructions. The design of the table was conceived by Appelshauser Design Studio, also situated in southern Germany. IF-Design-Awards are organized by the Hannover International Design Forum in close cooperation with the Hannover Industrial Fair.
Further examples of dining-room tables in stone can bee seen on the Draenert websites.