This table, like much of Caruso St John’s work, refers to a familiar type. It looks like a table, it is rectilinear, it has a top, four legs, and it’s made of wood.
By using lumber-board, an engineered timber product used for construction site hoardings, the duo presents an everyday material resembling giant plywood that is strong, stable and distinctly referential yet unfamiliar within the context of furniture design.
‘I like the idea of wood for a table. I also like the similarity between the legs and the top, and how the muteness of the joints make the table look abstract. It is not builderly. It looks like a picture of a table, a bit like a sculpture by Richard Artschwager.’ Adam Caruso
Caruso St John
Caruso St John was established by Adam Caruso and Peter St John in 1990. The practice gained an international reputation for the New Art Gallery in Walsall which opened to wide public acclaim in 2000. Since the completion of the New Art Gallery, the practice has worked for many institutional and private clients in the field of museums and galleries. They have worked for the Victoria & Albert Museum on the restructuring and extension of the Museum of Childhood in London. In 2004 they completed the Gagosian Gallery in Britannia Street, London, and have subsequently designed the gallery’s spaces in Davies Street, London, and Via Crispi, Rome. The practice is recently designed the new Centre for Contemporary Art in Nottingham that opened at the beginning of 2009. At the beginning of 2007, Caruso St John was appointed architects for Tate Britain. They were also the architects for Frieze Art Fair 2009, in London. In 2011 Adam Caruso was appointed Professor of Architecture and Construction at the ETH Zurich. Peter St John is currently an external examiner at the Scott Sutherland School of Architecture in Aberdeenand Cardiff School of Architecture.