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Edison table by Vico Magistretti for Cassina

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A photograph of the tubular Edison table

Dezeen Showroom: Italian furniture brand Cassina has updated and reissued the Edison table designed by Italian industrial designer and architect Vico Magistretti in 1985.

The Edison table is known for its industrial aesthetic, and features a base structure that is composed of four overlapping and interlocking steel pipes.

According to Cassina, designer Magistretti modelled the table’s design on a Milanese gas plant infrastructure.

The Edison table with orange-painted steel legs
Cassina has updated and reissued Vico Magistretti’s Edison table

“Magistretti said that ‘one of the most elegant systems to connect four steel pipes is the one used in gas plants, with a simple cross-shaped joint in cast iron’,” Cassina said.

“And so, in the mid-1980s, the table with a name inspired by the historic Milanese gas company Edison was born,” the brand explained.

The Edison table with black-painted steel legs
The glass tabletop retains focus on the support structure

Cassina’s redesign, which was carried out with the Vico Magistretti Foundation, involved updating the measurements and materials of the table to offer a more contemporary look and help draw attention to the tubular support structure.

This involved only reintroducing tabletops in clear glass, rather than opaque materials, and manufacturing the base from steel that is painted in a matt black or orange shade called becco d’oca.

The glass top, which is 15 millimetres thick, is available in a rectangular, square, or round shape.

Product: Edison table
Designer: Vico Magistretti
Brand: Cassina
Contact: info@cassina.it

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