Simon Legald’s brilliance lies in his intimate understanding of materials and how they can be best used to create beautiful pieces of furniture. The Edge Coffee Table is a devastatingly simple design, without any frills or ornamentation, highlighting the striking qualities of travertine.
The organic patterns within the stone contrast starkly with the geometric design, adding layers of meaning to the piece. The table’s construction takes advantage of the way travertine slabs are manufactured to minimise waste, each element consisting of a single monolithic slab.
Simon Legald studies design at the The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, and will graduate in the Summer of 2012. His work consists of both small- and large scale products.
“Honesty is what makes a product understandable, and is what describes functionality of the products. If you understand the product, it doesn’t need any explanation. The essence of my design is for it to be bought and used. Therefore it has to satisfy not only the functional aspects, but also the psychological- and aesthetic needs. For me simplicity describes the true identity of objects, and makes them trustworthy. In my designs I try not to add any unnecessary details. I work with simplicity by highlighting the necessities instead of hiding them. It gives the product a simple and honest expression.”