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.