Benjamin Hubert has designed the world’s lightest timber table as part of an internal studio research project into lightweight constructions. The table, titled Ripple, is 2.5 metres long, 1 metre wide, and weighs just 9 kilograms. Made using 70-80% less material than a standard timber table, Ripple can be assembled and manoeuvred by a single person.
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The table’s impressive strength to weight ratio is enabled by an innovative production process of
corrugating plywood for furniture through pressure lamination, which was developed by Benjamin Hubert
with Canadian manufacturer Corelam.
Ripple is made entirely from 3 ply 0.8mm birch aircraft plywood, a timber sourced only in Canada,
where the table is manufactured. The material is the same as that used in construction of
the Hughes H-4 Hercules – popularly known as the “Spruce Goose” – the world’s largest all
timber airplane. The strength of the material in combination with the unique lamination process
means the edge of Ripple measures just 3.5mm.
Ripple is minimal in its design language, employing a simple knockdown construction. The top surface is corrugated plywood overlaid by a flat sheet, and the A-frame legs are a sandwich construction of two corrugated plywood layers.
Ripple will be launched at Aram Store during London Design Festival in September as part of Benjamin Hubert’s inaugural UK solo exhibition, Antecedents. It will be available to buy from September 2013 on commission through Benjamin Hubert.
Canadian Spruce 0.8mm aircraft plywood
L 2.5m x W 1m x H 0.74m