The Tracks Table by Alain Gilles for Italian manufacturer Bonaldo is an extendable table that draws its inspiration from train tracks. The Tracks table features an extension system that is an integral part of the design, making it easily adjustable to accommodate more seating.
The “Tracks” tables are all about movement, all about assuming the fact that this is an extendable table and that its architecture and logic can be put forward in order to create a graphic and architectural dialogue within the piece itself.
The tracks are essentially two parallel axes that act as the path for the extensions, just like tracks for a train. The layering of cold and warm materials turns the table into a celebration of form and structure. Depending on how one plays with the elements, the table will reveal different personalities.
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.
Users have the ability to choose the finish of the Oak wood used for the base of the table, the finish of the metal tracks, as well as opt for clear or smoked glass.
As for the special, more artistic, version with the metal bares treated with red & white stripes they refer to the original source of inspiration: the railroad crossing gates, signage found on construction sites, graphic used in the enchanted circus world, or the Memphis movement as far as the furniture world is concerned.
Design: Alain Gilles
Materials: Oak wood ( light, dark or with an anthracite finish ). Mat lacquered metal for the extension system. Glass ( see-through or smoked )
Dimensions: different dimensions are available.
*All images and information courtesy of Alain Gilles.