A well-designed table is often very stunning to look at, but just as often not the easiest item to handle. This was exactly what architect Hans Bølling wanted to challenge when designing the Bølling Tray Table in 1963. With the Tray Table, Bølling wanted to design a simple and highly functional table that was easy to assemble and easy to handle. The result was a table that perfectly reflects Brdr Krüger’s design philosophy: to craft honest and original designs that are built to last.
According to Bølling, the best aspect of the Tray Table is the construction: all the components work together, as the stand requires the round trays to stay up, resulting in the function and shape being more than just the sum of its parts.
The Bølling Tray Table’s huge success can be traced back to the table’s emotional and playful qualities. Its flexibility makes it possible for the user to decide its function – a serving trolley or a side table – and its colour expression, with the reversible tray.
The Bølling Tray Table is going to be a part of the Re-Framing Danish Design exhibition, where designers Niek Pulles and Sebastian Herkner are going to reinterpret and re-frame the table.
Brdr Krüger and Hans Bølling are happy to donate the Tray Table for reinterpretation by Sebastian and Niek. According to Bølling, “A paraphrase is a fantasy of a theme, a piece of music, a poem, or a piece of furniture.”
Bølling always encourages the best artists to create paraphrases. “The paraphrase is much deeper than a copy. An artist can create a paraphrase. An imitator is a thief,” says Bølling. And he continues, “We live in an abundant society, a throw-away culture. The supply of new materials is exploding – techniques and new machines are being developed. Every year, thousands of young designers dream about creating the unique, the never-before-seen, the genius.”
The Re-Framing Danish Design exhibition will coincide with 3 Days of Design and take place at The Silo from 28 to 30 May.
The Silo – By & Havn