DROP LEAF TABLE
The drop leaf table examines the problem of the big table in the small room. The form is deceptive, concealing a dynamic structure of steel and wood that allows this simple looking piece to work in complex ways.
A steel frame and four articulating legs on casters support a solid walnut top that folds along two saw-tooth hinges. When the legs swing to the corners, the hinged leaves lift and open to expand into a dining table. When the legs swing inward the leaves drape over the frame and the table becomes a narrow sideboard that is easily rolled into postion. Between these two options are other variations: the table can partially open with one leaf up/one leaf down, while remaining balanced and weight-stable; the moving legs even allow multiple tables to interlock and serve large gatherings.
Bill Bancroft Furniture Design
Erica Moody - Fine Metal Work