the two-legged table

A table that is missing two legs will inevitably topple over, won’t it?

“Suppenkaspar” is a series tables that was developed within the project “inValid” . The missing legs of the of two-legged table are compensated by weights that are held by thin and nearly invisible strings. As a result the table stands stable – seemingly defying the laws of physics at first glance. The two-legged table was named after the story “Suppenkaspar” by Heinrich Hoffmann written in 1844. In the story a boy refuses to eat his soup. He get’s thinner and weaker every day. 

1st day

The first variation of the two-legged table Suppenkaspar is held by ball-shaped weights that measure 10kg each. Like in a skipjack the asymmetrical distribution of the mass of the weights helps to keep the table in balance. The table shows an astonishingly high stability and can be used just like an ordinary working or dining table. An elastic effect and torsion will always be felt.

2nd day

The legs of the second and a little slimmer version of Suppenkaspar taper. The weights are shaped like plumb lines and hardly touch the floor. This results in a minimized base that the table is balancing on. The assumed damage of the table causes the user to have a special experience. Even though the surface shows reliable stability it is not recommended to comfortably sit down on its edge.

3rd day

The legs of the third version were cut in three parts. They are merely held together by the traction of the weights. A string runs through all sections of each leg, runs over the table surface and is connected with one of the weights. Only as long as all components are aligned exactly in place the two-legged table with broken legs is stable.

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