Shigeru Ban has had a big season, what with winning architecture’s highest prize, building disaster housing in the Philippines, and unveiling a huge luxury penthouse. The Japanese architect has many fans, including the designer of this wooden table, who says it was inspired by his low-tech cardboard buildings.
The table's eight pieces are carved by master woodworkers from Bacalar, Quintana Roo, in Mexico -- the design is based on traditional joinery techniques found all over the world. Thanks to those notches, the whole thing slides into place in a matter of minutes -- all you have to do is affix the glass table top.
There's no price listed for the table, which is a sure fire sign that you can't afford it -- but since there's no hardware required, it wouldn't be too hard to make a version of this yourself. Think of it as adult-sized Lincoln Logs. [ITZ Furniture; Design Milk]