Etage Coffee Table by Claesson Koivisto Rune

February 18, 2009

The architectural firm of Claesson Koivisto Rune has designed the Etage Coffee Table for Swedish manufacturer OFFECCT.

Etage consists of three coffee tables in different colors and sizes. At first glance, they appear to almost hover above the floor. The three table tops protrude in different directions like balconies, revealing their underlying architectural inspiration: the table is a mini-building without walls—a building under construction. The different levels create spaces for magazines and remote control devices.

Each table features one strong color and two muted colors. Bright green, pink, and orange tones are combined with more muted shades of blue, beige, and brown. The color inspiration comes from the team’s many trips to South America and Spain for lecturing and teaching engagements. The colors of the Etage tables are an interesting combination of a muted Scandinavian palette, and more intense colors that are almost drawn from a folk art tradition.

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“We were partly inspired by architects like Le Corbusier and Luis Barragán and how they used color,” says Eero Koivisto. “And perhaps we were influenced by the times we live in—we wanted the colors to show that you can inject color like vitamins to make something bright and energetic. The white roomserves as a stage.”

“Swedes are not very used to bright colors. However, since half of OFFECCT’s products are for export, and people in many parts of the world love color, we’re confident the tables will find their owners,” Koivisto says about the Etage tables, which exude architectural elegance and joie de vivre.