Holy Table

By Jamie Waugh / Published by Dwell
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To place items on a table: that's one way to go about it. However as of late, tables have been cropping up with the added—or subtracted, rather—element of a hole in the table's surface. A hole through which a plant can grow, or on which you can put a tray of moss: the trend perhaps originates with the increased fervor for bringing outdoors inside as it takes the houseplant one step further, to houseplant as furniture. Most recently, the New York-based design firm of Hellman-Chang has given birth to a celebrated modern iteration of the concept: the Tao Table.

The table's hole is centered in the top, a square that begs for something. And as for what it begs for, the design duo of Daniel Hellman and Eric Chang offer the options of a bamboo cutting board, acid-etched glass or custom stone. To leave it open is to leave room for a sculpture, a light, or a plant to grow from the shelf below. With these designers' backgrounds spanning classical music and finance, the versatility of the table is fitting.


Jamie Waugh


After starting in design journalism at House & Garden and CNN, Jamie runs the International Design Awards festival, which rewards visionary international design. One University of Southern California MFA later, she maintains a steady fiction and dramatic writing habit.

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