The Nikari Frame Table by John Pawson

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Warm minimalism and traditional Finnish woodworking meet in a clean, versatile design.

British architect John Pawson creates spaces and objects that are quiet, restrained, and minimalist yet also warm and full of life. His style is distinctive, even though the architect uses humble materials along with clean lines and shapes throughout his work. His projects also vary widely, ranging from residential architecture and furniture design to cultural buildings, monasteries, or flagship stores for world-famous brands. A collaboration with Finnish furniture company Nikari came naturally.

Established in 1967 by designer and master cabinetmaker Kari Virtanen, the company celebrates modern Finnish design and traditional woodworking techniques. Over the years, Nikari has collaborated with renowned Finnish, Scandinavian, and international designers, including Alvar Aalto, Kaj Franck, Cecilie Manz, and Jasper Morrison, among many others. John Pawson joins them with the simple and simply beautiful Frame table. Part of the Nikari Storia collection, the table makes its debut at Planted KX London, the world’s first zero waste design event centered around sustainability, eco-conscious design, and the connection between urban spaces and nature.

An elegantly simple table that highlights the beauty of solid wood.

Originally designed by Pawson for his own family farmhouse in the Cotswolds, England, Frame showcases his warm minimalist style perfectly. “Whether at the scale of a monastery, a house, a saucepan or a ballet, everything is traceable back to a consistent set of preoccupations with mass, volume, surface, proportion, junction, geometry, repetition, light and ritual. In this way, even something as modest as a fork can become a vehicle for much broader ideas about how we live and what we value,” says John Pawson.

The Frame table features a solid wood build and a minimalist design that uses rectangular forms to highlight negative space. Traditional wood joinery gives stability and strength to Frame’s structure while also adding an eye-catching accent to the design. The elegant simplicity of the dining table makes it ideal for any living space. Similarly to other Nikari furniture, this product is crafted to last for generations. And we mean that. Frame has a life expectancy of over 100 years.

Manufactured from sustainably grown oak or ash wood, the table features a natural wood oil mix treatment. Apart from being kind to nature, this oil finish also puts the textures of wood in the best light. Finally, the treatment gives a velvety feel to the table’s surface. The Planted event starts on September 23 and ends on September 26, 2021. If you’re in London and want to see the Frame table up close, you can drop by Nikari’s stand, LC13. Photography© Nikari.

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