Sometimes, it's good to have nowhere to hide — and this extending table is a great example. With a perfectly transparent surface, its inner workings have to look presentable. And they sure do.
The brainchild of Brussels-based designer Alain Gilles, the table has been made for Italian furniture brand Bonaldo. It turns the usually functional extension mechanism into a feature, with the expanding lacquered metal arms available in a wide range of colours. Sat atop a pair of sturdy oak legs, the whole thing looks stunning. Gilles explains to Dezeen:
"From a design point of view, I don't like extendable tables. They are extremely convenient, but the extensions are generally just added on to the table, or fully hidden so the table doesn't tell its story. I knew I had to show the mechanism and turn it into a lively part of the table that would show the possibility of transformation.
"I may have revealed the technical component of the table, but in no way did I want this table to be read as a technical product - the colours make it more graphic, and in a way a bit more child-like, toy-like."