T&B – Collect.studio
Collect.studio are a furniture brand from Indianapolis, focused on manufacturing details and honest materiality. This is from their website:
The T&B (Table and Bench) are convivial with an assertive character. “You would want people to be able to dance on top of this thing,” Hong Kong-based designer Ben McCarthy says, “a table needs to be stable enough to give you confidence in what you are doing.” McCarthy’s love for tables started in a wood workshop in North East Hong Kong. His earliest builds were custom tops and frames to fit the needs of friends moving flats around the city. “A few years ago, I had members of collect.studio over for dinner in Hong Kong. I had just built a huge table in the workshop and it came to play a special role that evening. We had dinner first, then we drank champagne and played ping-pong on it,” he says. The challenge with a table is that it needs to tie the room together, therefore on the drawing board for T&B were sketches of a trestle table that could work in several sizes.
“When I spoke to collect.studio about this we agreed that we should make a table that we could sell almost by the foot,” McCarthy explains. The second challenge was the flat pack and assembly. Despite being a sturdy wooden table, the T&B collection rests on bolts that are custom engineered and manufactured specifically for the purpose connecting three pieces of wood together, creating the structure in the T&B collection. “One of the things that I am most proud of on this table is the way that it happens, coming apart and assembling back together with ease,” McCarthy smiles.