Hilt is the name of the wooden cross bar at the top end of spade handles.
In this side table it functions as a way to easily take the table and move it around to anywhere you need it: by your bed, your couch, your chair.
The obvious reference to tool handles makes you want to carry it intuitively. The ash wood makes for a warm and pleasant feel. The round top is made of beech plywood, finished with a white, water-based paint. The bent stainless steel strip brings the table in balance with the steam-bent central leg.
The table will stand firmly since it touches the ground at three places. HILT side table has a sophisticated, minimalist look and at the same time it displays a sense of gentleness and warmth.
The inspiration for this side table came from tool handles. To me, they represent simplicity, integrity, craftsmanship and functionality. Tool handles are made for a specific purpose without much aesthetic consideration and yet they are very beautiful. The so called hilt is the cross bar at the top end of spade handles and I found it's simple and iconic shape perfectly suitable for a side table. Since steam-bending is a common practice for wooden tool handle manufacturers I decided to use that technique for the table leg. The bent leg allowed a simple and elegant solution for the base. In order to create a stable support, I wanted the table to have a three legged frame. I achieved this by bending a stainless steel strip around the wooden leg.—Reinier de Jong