Santiago

Design Frank Rettenbacher - 2015

Table. Top and legs in solid canaletto walnut, natural painted or in solid oak, natural painted or with an open pore black or white finish. Reinforcing tie-rods in black painted steel for the model in canaletto walnut and in black painted oak, in white painted steel for the model in white painted oak, while for the model in natural oak they are available in burgundy or black painted steel.

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From design to product

Santiago, as thin as an aircraft wing, steady thanks to its reinforced frame.

The designer, the Austrian Frank Rettenbacher who lives and works in Amsterdam, reveals the secrets of an engineering project featuring a minimal and appealing design: “the idea of Santiago table is bringing the same lightness of the metal tops I designed for Zanotta in 2014 (small table Emil and console table Mina) into a product with bigger sizes. The challenge consisted above all in creating a solid wood table featuring the same linear and distinguishing silhouette of the light metal structures. This type of construction – inspired by the style of architect Santiago Calatrava, whom the table name comes from – provides the best steadiness although the wooden legs are as thin as possible”.

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“Yes, this project requested an intense and precise work. And I am happy to see that both me and the technical staff at Zanotta are real maniac of constructional details. In fact the table is made of a solid Canaletto walnut or oak with a slender profile and with thin wooden legs embraced by thin and detailed wires that illustrate the flow of forces. The expanded top surface conceals strengthening T-profiles that prevent warping and avoid using bulky cross-bars. Consequently the iron fittings are flattened and hidden under the top, but not only: legs are removable always thanks to a very few iron joints. A real engineering work.”