Dutch designer Ronald Knol of Utrecht based furniture design studio RKNL has recently completed the X-Table. Based on the the cross-leg refectory table, Knol wanted to strip the structure down to its essentials and reshape the X to introduce a slightly softer appearance, whilst maintaining its stability. The reduction of any ‘noise’ was an important objective in the design process, fully in sync with the RKNL signature. The first technical challenge was to eliminate the horizontal bar at knee-height, and secondly the reduction of seams. All without compromising the functionality and stability of the table. Made from plywood and HPL, the combination of these materials create a contemporary version of a classic principle with effortless grace.
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The Dutch architecture agency Zecc loves minimalist churches and so do we. We have mentioned their chapel some time ago and again they did a great job with this converted church in Utrecht, the Netherlands. Since a few years this church is used as a showroom for antique furnishing, a conference room and a space for small concerts. Because of these functions a floor was inserted in the church. In the design of Zecc this inserted level is adjusted to emphasize the spatial qualities and sight lines of the church. Underneath this floor the bed room, study room en bath room are realized. To keep the façade of the church undamaged, no window frames are added to the façade, but the inside of the enormous church is seen as an exterior space. In this way internal patios in the inserted floors are realized to provide the underlying function with day light.
Dutch architecture agency Zecc transformed an old Catholic church in the Dutch city Utrecht into one spatial residence with a minimalist appearance. The character of the small church is maintained and where possible reinforced. It’s kept minimalist and given abstract shapes, by which it intensifies the contrast with the original soft shapes of the chapel. For extra daylight roof windows are added, through which diffused light enters the chapel. Some original furniture is re-used in the new atmosphere, like the church benches in the dining zone. Also the table is made out of church benches. This beautiful chapel has been nominated for the Dutch Design Award in 2008 and I can’t wait until it will be put on sale.