A table that combines fibre concrete and ash wood. Due to the robust nature of the concrete, the ash veneer can be made extra thin without breaking.
Fibre concrete is a construction material developed in Denmark. The aim with Concrete Gable Table is to combine this rough and durable industrial material with ash wood, a classic wood type in Danish furniture production. That brings industrial production and traditional Danish craft-based furniture making into play in a new way. The table is the result of an exploration of the interaction of wood and concrete. The two materials support, supplement and challenge each other’s properties and set new limits for each other’s respective potentials and applications. Due to the robust nature of the concrete, the ash veneer can be made extra thin without breaking. The expression is both warm and cold in the interaction between the two very different materials. Fibre concrete has a tight and raw expression, while the wood adds a soft note to the look of the table. The concrete can be finished in a variety of ways to take on a wide range of visual expressions.
Christian Flindt b.1972, furniture designer
Christian Flindt finds inspiration in a dialogue with experiments that leads to surprising conclusions. Flindt is not worried about any initial mistakes – on the contrary, his designs are ultimately created at the point where the random results occur. He characterizes himself as inquisitive. Christian Flindt’s work is an exploration of new forms based on the properties of the material, usually materials such as plastic, textile, wood, concrete and metal. Christian Flindt carries out many experiments in a scale of 1:1 to make sure that he always has a firm grasp of the scale and form. Ultimately, function is paramount for Christian Flindt: Above all, a chair should be comfortable, and a lamp should provide good and effective lighting. However, to Flindt it is often the somewhat quirky form experiments and the clash and interplay of materials that lead to the emergence of something new that is worth pursuing.
For Christian Flindt, the people he works with are an important source of energy and inspiration, whether they are producers, manufacturers, technicians or craftspeople. The key is to be open-minded and receptive but also to challenge the collaborators. If in turn he is fortunate enough to encounter a positive attitude, a feisty spirit and challenging contributions from his working partners, then inspiration blooms, says Christian Flindt.
2002: Aarhus School of Architecture
2011: Solo exhibition, Kunsthal Brænderigården 2011/12
2010: MINDCRAFT10, Danish Crafts, Milan
2009: “European Design Since 1985: Shaping the New Century”, IMA – Indianapolis Museum of Art
2009: MINDCRAFT09, Danish Crafts, Milan
Grants and honours
2013: Knud V. Engelhardts Mindelegat
2012: Three-year working scholarship from the Danish Arts Foundation
2011: One of five designers invited to compete to create new furniture for the UN headquarters, New York
2009: Danish Design Prize
Concrete Gable Table
Made by: Kjeldtoft Cabinetmakers