This extendable dining table by Hee Welling employs a butterfly extension technique to provide seating for more people.
Its wooden base is topped with a smooth laminate tabletop. Drop-shaped legs and rounded corners add subtle design details, as do the metal patches on each leg that hold it securely together. The table comes in two sizes: 180 x 90cm, or 240 x 100cm and are both extendable with 100cm.
Hee Welling (born 1974) is an award-winning furniture designer. In addition to being exhibited at fairs and museums worldwide, his products can be found in a diverse array of interiors, from The Oslo Opera House to Australia’s parliament.
Raised in the Danish countryside, Welling’s lifelong appreciation for the outdoors can be seen in the honest minimalism of his pieces. Each of his creations is united by a distinctive visual identity as he focuses on clean lines and simple silhouettes. Welling works with a wide array of materials, with wood and metals used alongside non-natural elements like plastic.
While decidedly modern, Welling’s work sits within the broader context of the Scandinavian design tradition. As such, his pieces are underpinned by a belief in function as the cornerstone of furniture design. Looking to Old Masters like Arne Jacobsen and Hans J. Wegner, he seeks to continue their legacy with carefully crafted pieces that prioritize logic. No detail, Welling believes, should be superfluous. Instead, he works through an intuitive design process to ensure that each of his pieces is optimized to its highest purpose.
Welling attended The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts for his bachelor’s degree, with one semester studying at The University of Art and Design in Helsinki. He went on to gain a master’s in furniture design from the Academy. In 2003, he established his eponymous studio in Copenhagen.