Friction Table made from paper and resin extends like a harmonica

Extendable tables are nothing new. Usually, the table splits in the middle and reveals hidden plates of wood that can be folded out. However, the Friction Table, designed by Heatherwick Studio, is different in two aspects. For one, the table is made of paper, solidified in resin. Secondly, the slates of which the table consists can be stretched out like a harmonica, from a round to an ellipse shape.

The table, in its original form, has a round shape. It is formed of slates made out of paper sheets that have been solidified in resin, a type of material that originates in the mid-20th century and was developed for industrial purposes. Its grain and texture are derived from the fibres of the paper and the alternating orientation of the layers. The mottled colour ages over time.

Each of the in total 61 slats was slotted onto a main frame and pinned into place by hand. They were then calibrated and aligned, so that the lattice opens up like a harmonica as it the table legs are pulled outwards.

Folded in, the table is 1.8 metres (5.9 feet) in diameter and is large enough to seat 8 people. The table can be pulled out into an ellipse form twice as long, opening up gaps between the slates and extending the table a length of 4 metres (13 feet).

Friction Table was presented at Daniel Katz Gallery from Tuesday 3 October to Friday 20 October during this year’s Frieze Art Fair Week.

Photos: Heatherwick Studio