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Plint from TAKT: a crafted coffee table by Cecilie Manz

Danish furniture brand TAKT has collaborated with Cecilie Manz to release Plint, a wooden coffee table with leather hinges and a simple self-assembly mechanism.

25/08/2020 2 min read
Mikkel Mortensen

A beautifully crafted table with vegetable-tanned leather hinges and a simple self-assembly mechanism, Plint is Cecilie Manz’s first design for TAKT. A multiple award-winning industrial designer, Cecilie Manz has worked with some of the leading names in contemporary furniture and product design, including Fredericia Furniture, Duravit, Muuto and B&O.

Available in Oregon Pine, Kalmar Pine and Oak, the Plint Coffee Table joins the brand’s existing collection of flatpack chairs, tables, benches and stools and introduces new functionality to the range, while embodying TAKT’s characteristic material focus on sustainable woods, timeless Scandinavian simplicity, easy assembly and attention to detail.

Plint also shares TAKT’s emphasis on versatility. The rectangular table is the size and shape to feature in any room: as a regular coffee table in front of the sofa; as a side table positioned against the wall or beneath a window; or as a platform to stack books and papers.

‘We subscribe to classic Danish design virtues: a focus on functionality, honest and natural materials, reduced ornamentation while still retaining personality. Cecilie Manz has this amazing touch to her designs – a pared back aesthetic that doesn’t shout but has this strong personality, presence and atmosphere,’ says Henrik Taudorf Lorensen, Founder & CEO at TAKT.

The challenge for TAKT’s designers is to develop intuitive self-assembly mechanisms that sidestep the frustrations many people encounter with flatpack. Cecilie Manz’s ingenious solution reduces the table to just two components: tabletop and apron. The tabletop is attached to the legs with leather hinges. The apron is fitted with a leather loop that is fed through an aperture in the supports and fixed in place with an octagonal wedge, allowing the table to be cost-effectively shipped in a narrow, completely flat package, and to be quickly assembled with ease: no need for glue, bolts or screws.

‘A small plinth is a type of furniture I often return to, as it’s highly functional and self-explanatory to use,’ says Cecilie. ‘Leather as a hinging material is something I’ve been exploring a lot over the past 10 years – it’s interesting to use an ordinary but genuine material such as full-grain leather where it makes functional sense to do so – as little as possible in the right place.’

The tabletop and the side pieces are cut from a single piece of hand-selected timber, which gives a fluid pattern of grain, interrupted only by the leather hinge – this allows it to fold flat as a continuous plank of wood. The wedge connection – a mechanism reminiscent of the ‘pegged stretcher’ joinery method sometimes found in traditional dining tables – is finely crafted to ensure the connection is secure and the assembled structure is stable and robust.

Plint is crafted from two principal materials: wood and leather. As with all TAKT products that feature leather, Plint is made using high-quality hides produced using a chrome-free tanning process. The leather is sourced from the small Swedish tannery Tärnsjö Garveri, one of the few tanning houses which still practises environmentally conscious vegetable tanning (using bark extracts) as opposed to the time-efficient but more polluting chrome-based technique popular with many furniture manufacturers.

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