The Grip Table

The Grip Table (close-up)
Design is of particular importance to many of Saab’s customers, going all the way back to the very first “ursaab” designed by the formidable Sixten Sason.

No surprise then, that amongst the readers and commenters on Saab’s united, we do have our fair share of designers. One of them happens to be from Denmark and a good representative of Scandinavian design. As a reader of SU myself, whenever Saab showed us something new, be it the formidable Aero-X concept or the first glimpses of the new 9-5, I soon realized there was one commenter in particular whose opinion I was interested in reading.

His insight into design made the experience even more enjoyable. We all intuitively recognize beauty and great design, but we are not all schooled in the theories of the golden ratio, rule of thirds and other concepts that help artists create the perfect image or shape the most pleasing design.

A variety of colours are possible
Many of you simply know him as Troels. Every now and then other SU-readers have asked Troels for a glimpse into his work and I think it is appropriate to present Troels’ latest project: The Grip Table

A little background history: In the 800s, in the midst of the viking era, there were many viking kings. Almost every village had their own king. Every midsummer was celebrated, as well as every midwinter (yule/jul) with huge feasts and dancing on the tables. This required big sturdy tables each weighing a ton. Some time after the feast, they had to figure out where to put these tables. It would take almost 1200 years for a man to come up with the perfect solution.

Carried on top of a sturdy aluminum beam, the grip table allows different table tops to be used. Note that the center of the beam is located straight above the pivot point of the legs. The carefully thought out geometry of the jaws of the legs and the diamond-shaped beam’s profile, ensures that the legs will grip tighter around the beam as more weight is put on the table.

After usage it is easy to neatly detach the legs and stack the table tops (including the beams) up against the wall. Just make sure any passed out vikings are safely relocated prior to disassembling the tables.

No clutter

A variety of materials can be chosen and you can of course have the legs painted in ice blue.

The extruded aluminum-beam is easy to cut differently and create tables in almost any length one might want. Besides the strength of the beam makes it possible to make a more than three meter free span between two pair of legs.

— Troels Grum-Schwensen, designer of the Grip Table

The design is clean, neat and stylish. Which is just the way we like it.

When discussing his design, Troels speaks of the non-conformity approach to the process of design where he senses a relationship with the Saab-philosophy: Never take anything for granted as you start, but take a step back and keep an open mind: Can this be done different from what we are used to? Can we turn the forces of nature (here: gravity) into an ally — rather than the opposite.

For more information on the Grip table, visit the r-randers.dk website. For additional samples of Mr. Grum-Schwensen’ designs, visit the Grum Design website.

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