alain gilles reveals technical system in extendable tracks table
alain gilles reveals technical system in extendable tracks table alain gilles reveals technical system in extendable tracks table
may 06, 2014

alain gilles reveals technical system in extendable tracks table

alain gilles reveals technical system in extendable tracks table
all images courtesy of alain gilles




the ‘tracks’ table designed by alain gilles for italian company bonaldo is an extendable piece of furniture that reveals its technical system. a layering of different materials highlights the movement of the glass table top, which can easily slide out to accommodate for more people. two parallel axes act as a path for the extensions, just like the tracks for a train. constructed from oak wood in light and dark shades, or with an anthracite finish, a clear or smoked glass surface is placed over the pull system.


‘the table is also a discussion between visibility and invisibility, weight and weightlessness, cold and warm with the use of a combination of very different materials that convey different and contrasted feelings’, says alain gilles.


the tracks table extended


layering of different materials


anthracite version of the tracks table


elements of visibility and invisibility are combined


the extension process is treated as a graphical movement


special customized version that refers to train tracks crossing and circus imagery


red and white stripes


customized version



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