Mikado Dining Table

by Alain Van Havre for Ethnicraft

Oak Mikado dining table

Oak Mikado dining table

Optimizing functional spaces is one of the key aspects of a dining table’s design. Mikado is the result of a quest to find a balance between functionality and stability. Alain van Havre created a design with inward flowing legs that in the center and reach their opposite corner. Interlocking like a puzzle. The Mikado dining table combines a strong character with sculptural lightness. This turned into a design that feels light and solid at the same time. By exchanging the rectangular tabletop by an ellipse, we increase togetherness and connection. It’s easier to interact with your guests and allows you to converse with everyone. The new Mikado dining table seats over a dozen people comfortably. For the round version of our iconic Mikado dining table, we kept the same eye-catching construction but aimed for a visually lighter design. In an exercise of balance and stability, the legs are thinner and more refined with round edges to fit the table’s new shape. We tried it ourselves!

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Alain van Havre is Ethnicraft’s in-house designer. The complexity of things has always intrigued him, which led him to study product development at the Design Academy of Eindhoven, The Netherlands. To him, all design embodies the same duality: the aim is to create a timeless product, yet with a hint to the specific moment in which it is made

” Wood is a living material. Even after being cut, solid wood continues to live and evolve. Every single piece of wood is unique and has to be considered as such. Solid wood has had a long life before it is made into furniture. Every panel wears the scars of growth. As I see it, the wood is an ideal canvas that allows the material to take on unique characteristics through a natural aging process.”