British designer Lara Bohinc looked to the geometric forms of planetary orbits when creating this table collection, designed to express “the simplicity of Bauhaus design”.
The “celestially-inspired” Orbit tea table and coffee table feature steel frames and geometric copper surfaces that have been patinated to achieve a blue-green-hued verdigris finish.
The Orbit tea table features two semi-circular surfaces separated by a U-shaped curve, intended to store magazines.
The coffee table is made of three individual tiered surfaces, featuring a circle, oblong and square. Each surface rests at a different level, meaning the elements can be stored on top of one another when not in use.
Bohinc began by laser-cutting steel into 14-millimetre rods and welding them together to form semi-circles and straight lines for the table’s frame.
“The aim is clarity in form, but the pieces remain striking, dramatic, and full of flair,” she explained.
The surfaces were laser-cut from copper sheets and patinated to achieve an “intense yet airy” blue-green finish.
Both tables are available in either a chocolate bronze or brass-coated steel frame. Each piece was manufactured in collaboration with London-based gallery Matter of Stuff.
Bohinc based the lines and shapes of the tables on the “gravitationally curved trajectories” of planetary orbits.
“I have always been fascinated by the complexities of geometry, as well as pure and simple forms. For my Orbit tables, I contrasted curved shapes with linear structures to create designs that are both geometric and feminine,” said Bohinc, who heads Bohinc Studio.
She was also inspired by the “pure yet intricate” geometric minimalism of Bauhaus design, particularly the work of German artist Marianne Brandt.
“I continue to be influenced by pure geometry and the production-led design of the Bauhaus. I work frequently with metal, exploring its versatility and sustainability – a reference to Marianne Brandt’s way of using the smallest numbers of materials to better celebrate their properties,” she said.
Bohinc, a former jewellery designer, made her debut in lighting design back in May 2017 with lamps made to look like colliding orbs.
Last year, she designed a series of three chairs inspired by the shapes of planets and their orbits.
Images are by Rebecca Reid