Drop Leaf Table
2015 VMODERN Furniture Design Competition
Alex Anmahian, Nick Winton
The drop leaf table examines the problem of the big table in the small room. The form is deceptive, concealing a dynamic structure of steel and wood that allows this simple looking piece to work in complex ways.
A steel frame and four articulating legs on casters support a solid walnut top that folds along two saw-tooth hinges. When the legs swing to the corners, the hinged leaves lift and open to expand into a dining table. When the legs swing inward the leaves drape over the frame and the table becomes a narrow sideboard that is easily rolled into position. Between these two options are other variations: the table can partially open with one leaf up/one leaf down, while remaining balanced and weight-stable; the moving legs even allow multiple tables to interlock and serve large gatherings.