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Cannot Side Table

c. 1999


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Cannot Side Table


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Cata­lano and Marelli’s Cannot Side Table is a fabu­lous fin de siècle pastiche of two iconic designs – Eileen Gray’s 1027 Bedside Table (1927) and Marcel Breuer’s Laccio Tables (1925). Like both Bauhaus designs, Cannot also features a frame in tubular steel – essen­tially a round foot­print base that is echoed by a top of the same size. The base of the Cannot Side Table supports the top with the addi­tion of two inte­grated tubular steel supports. Like the orig­i­nal produc­tion Laccio Tables, Cannot Side Table’s top is composed of lacquered wood. With the top and base diam­e­ters being the same, Cannot Side Table creates the illu­sion of the base func­tion­ing almost like the shadow of an aura” or halo” having been cast by the top.

Both design­ers grad­u­ated in Archi­tec­ture and Indus­trial Design, and have worked since 1999 in product design, commu­ni­ca­tion and inte­rior design fields. Michela Cata­lano took part in several compe­ti­tions and worked in Italy and in Chile, along with being a consul­tant in the Cappellini research and devel­op­ment depart­ment. Ilaria Marelli special­ized as sound designer and took part in photog­ra­phy compe­ti­tions; she coop­er­ates with the Politec­nico of Milan teach­ing indus­trial and envi­ron­men­tal design. Nowa­days she works with Nemo, Zanotta, Bosa Ceramiche.

Cannot Side Table is composed of satin finish tubular stain­less steel and a top in matte or polished finish lacquer that is avail­able in multi­ple color options. 

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