Table philosophy

Table philosophy

Table philosophy by Jan-Erik Andersson

Beautiful Mistake presents a new series of unique coffee tables. By inviting artist Jan-Erik Andersson to design the tables, Beautiful Mistake is introducing the philosophy and aesthetics of Andersson’s unique ornate world to a worldwide audience. After all, this is the artist who audaciously created a house in the shape of a leaf (Life on a Leaf).
Andersson sees the table as a place – around, over and under – which communication occurs. He believes beautiful and lively design will loosen people up and inspire authentic interaction.

To give the Scandinavian design concept a more vivid and fantastic touch, Andersson has created a table structure, which functions on three levels, each inspired by different design periods:

The surface of the table has an ornamental pattern inspired by the clear colours and shapes in Scandinavian nature, as well as fruits found around the world, like the apple. The cutting-edge printing technique brings out Andersson’s vector-drawn designs in deep colours, made possible by contemporary digital technology. The surface is sensuous to the touch, because of the contrast between the upper layer – a 8 mm thick sheet of clear, scratch resistant acrylate – and the bottom layer made of a 6 mm thick sheet of acrylate with a satin surface. In the middle is a 1 mm thick sheet of aluminium with the print.

The second layer is situated beneath the table surface, where all kinds of movements and actions occur, both on conscious and subconscious levels. The design of the tables opens up this space with a unique three-leg system, with organically curved legs made by a traditional technique: form pressed, first class birch tree, typical of the Scandinavian design of the 1950’s.

The bottom layer, close to the floor, is a triangular plywood shelf, which not only gives stability to the leg system, but also is a place for the owner’s own installation: a pile of books, a charger, a bottle of wine, a small sculpture. This kind of shelf was common during the art nouveau and arts & crafts periods.

The table series brings nature, through culture, into your living room – or any room – and the size of the table makes it fit almost everywhere. One dominant trend today is towards more minimal interiors with bare walls. But an artwork doesn’t have to be hung on the wall: it can turn into a table surface!

The finished product is a collaboration between Andersson and graphic designer Marjo Malin, who is also the CEO of Beautiful Mistake.

The tables are fabricated in Finland to give them a timeless quality. Enjoy!