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Surface Table

c. 2010

by Vincent Van Duysen
for B&B Italia

Surface Table

by Vincent Van Duysen
for  B&B Italia

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The Surface Table, designed by Vincent Van Duysen for B&B Italia, is part of a collec­tion of low recti­lin­ear open tables in various sizes that can be used inde­pen­dently or in conjunc­tion with each other. Each Surface table divides into a series of planes avail­able in several finishes – from satin to glossy, reflec­tive to veneer. As Van Duysen eloquently expressed… furni­ture with the graph­i­cal appear­ance of a Piet Mondrian paint­ing and the sculp­tural form of a Donald Judd artwork.”

This combi­na­tion of the simple recti­lin­ear form with the varying aesthet­ics achieved through the treat­ment of the hori­zon­tal and verti­cal planes makes the Surface table so visu­ally engag­ing. The Surface table’s base is a low shelf for impromptu storage. They can also be used together to create large strik­ing asym­met­ric assem­blages that appear visually linked.

The surface table is avail­able in seven versions – three depths ranging from 13 – 3/4″ to 53 – 7/8″ and two widths, 47 – 1/4″ and 59″. It is avail­able in several veneers – brushed light oak, brushed black oak, gray or smoked oak – and several satin paint finishes. Side panel and base­board options are avail­able in black and bright chromed steel and bronzed painted nickel.


Vincent Van Duysen


Vincent Van Duysen is a master of simplicity. His architecture and interior projects reveal his emphasis on form, material, light, and landscape. Whether constructed of wood, brick, or concrete, his structures stimulate quiet moments of reflection and beauty, framing the user as they walk up a staircase, offering an unexpected view of the surrounding terrain, or collecting light as it comes and goes. There is vitality in every detail, even if the overall impression of his work is minimalist and stark.

The Belgian talent, who worked at Ettore Sottsass’s studio in the late 1980’s before starting his own studio in Antwerp, approaches his industrial design work in a similar way. Every piece Van Duysen creates, whether the modular Surface table for B&B Italia or the Ratio kitchen for Dada, is an extension of the interior where it will live. The designs are therefore always functional and user-friendly. They also carry the same emphasis on natural materials and simple shapes without unnecessary adornment that defines Van Duysen’s architecture.

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