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The Move Table is inspired by stackable paper cups

It features a simple cone and detachable tray that slot into each other to form a temporary joint based on the morse and taper principle.

Created by British designer Joel Hoff, Move Table celebrates puristic design and high-quality materials. A simple concrete cone supports a removable table top that also functions as a tray.

Meanwhile, the base when left bare looks like a sculptural piece of art. The table works well for outdoors and indoors, since the cone is either made of cast concrete or turned solid wood, while the tray is made of pressed steel.

Move table by Joel Hoff _ Furniture design
© Joel Hoff

Whilst embarking on a project that employed metal spinning processes, Hoff was inspired by the stackable form of paper cups.

As such, the Move table consists of just two parts, the cone shaped base and the tray. Based on the morse and taper principle they slot into each other and form a temporary joint.

The principle of the Morse taper is that of the cone in the cone. The trunnion (the male portion) and the bore (the female portion) are both uniformly tapered.

Move table by Joel Hoff _ Furniture design
© Joel Hoff

The conical femoral taper compresses the walls in the bore as it expands. Thus, the stresses inside the materials keep both components fixed together.

Simplicity is the key to excellence

The Move Table is simple, and that’s what makes Hoff’s practice so appealing.

“My aim is to design objects for mass-production that do not fuel mass-consumption – to inspire the ownership of fewer things of greater quality that remain in use with us for a longer time,” says Hoff.

“Through an understanding of manufacturing processes and their many different advantages and limitations I wish to bring about longevity of materials and of form.”

© Joel Hoff
Move table by Joel Hoff _ Furniture design
© Joel Hoff
© Joel Hoff
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