This award-winning table was recognized at the AIA Chicago Small Project Awards 2013.
The program called for the design of a small companion table of "modern" design to be used for a cocktail or hors d'oeuvres, which would resist being knocked over.
The solution is a small table that I call Equilibrium. It is 24” high and utilizes principles found in the Taolu form of Tie Chi to leverage the force of gravity through its center coupled with a rolling “free” connection to the earth in order to remain erect.
Its body, axle, counterweight, and shaft are constructed of milled steel. Slotted spring pins utilize friction to hold these pieces together. Its top is constructed of milled stainless steel which utilizes a set screw collar to bind it to the tip of the shaft.
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