Verona is a modern resemblance of a classic renaissance style; its smooth lines lead into emphasized endings but there is one major deference to the classic table. The key design mantra is that of ‘the single simple form being repeated to create seaming complexity’, something that is evident in the table’s assembly. Two key profiles are repeated to create Verona’s supporting legs and main compartment, with the gaps between profiles creating a risky relationship between aesthetics and functionality. The spacing between the wooden profiles are however smaller than a typical pen and therefore will cater for all general purposes as a coffee table. The Verona challenges the users perception of what is useful and useable. The table subtly takes engineering to a max, by having only a single connection between the two halves of the table, the centre section is cut out; leaving the table in constant tension.
The design of the Verona uses 6mm Poplar Plywood to create its form, each profile is laser cut with precision accuracy ensuring that the assembly process at home is a painless experience for a buyer, following the instruction video on YouTube. The table comes in a natural finish, with clear evidence of its manufacture. This creates a parody of clean, intentional design aesthetic, with the honesty and evidence of untreated materials and manufacturing effects.
The Verona Coffee Table is the second offering in Neil Macqueen’s ‘Divisione Collection’. The Verona gets its name from the ‘Verona’ coffee blend, which is a bold flavoured Ethiopian blend.