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Extendable table shrinks and grows without requiring leaves

Extendable table shrinks and g...
The sections of the table fold, allowing it to expand without leafs
The sections of the table fold, allowing it to expand without leafs
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The table expands to 62 inches (157.5 cm) long when extended
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The table expands to 62 inches (157.5 cm) long when extended
The sections of the table fold, allowing it to expand without leafs
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The sections of the table fold, allowing it to expand without leafs
The table at its smallest is 31 inches (78.7 cm) long
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The table at its smallest is 31 inches (78.7 cm) long
The folding process
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The folding process
An animation of the table opening and closing
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An animation of the table opening and closing

The dining room table is the place where families come together to have a hearty meal and enjoy some quality time. If your family is small, you probably only need a little table most of the time. If friends and extended family come over, you might find yourself wrestling out a leaf to make your table bigger. A new design from Jullien Vidame hopes to do away with extension leaves altogether – it's a table that expands without the need for additional parts.

The table features sections of wood that are wider than they are deep and can stand straight up or lay flat on their side. When you want the table small, the wooden strips can be aligned to stand straight up with their shorter side forming the surface of the table, making the table smaller. When you need it large, pull it apart, and the strip rotate so the longer sides form the surface, and thus the table becomes bigger. The table can shrink down to as small as 31 inches (78.7 cm) and its accordion-like expansion can stretch it up to 62 inches (157.5 cm).

The table is only in the early prototype stage, so there is no release date or pricing information available. However, Vidame says he has a prototype ready for production. If it does become a purchasable reality, it could be the perfect thing to go with your FlexibleLove expanding chair.

Source: vidamecreation via notcot

8 comments
Perry Davies
It's all very well having tables that can expand and contract, but where do you keep the extra chairs in our ever decreasing living spaces?
cachurro
A very elegant design! Liquid spills could be tricky to clean, though.
Buellrider
The only time that table provides a flat surface is when it's fully compressed or fully extended. Everything in between is unusable unless you want just something to look at. You'd certainly not be able to set a glass or cup on it in the in between state. It's no doubt different and that is OK. That is how creativity works.
Slowburn
re; Buellrider Aside from not being able to use the open gap to make a tracing table it is just as useful as a leaf table.
Iván Imhof
Come on, Buellrider! Put on some trays or vinyl place mats and that's how creativity works. :)
Dave Hargraves
yea i have to agree with cachurro, for that reason im out. have a nice day Regards, Freelance Eng.
cachurro
Liquid spills could be a minor problem if the non-visible faces of each plank (lower and right) were coated with latex. If done right, the latex will be invisible from the top. I see it as having only 2 sizes: long and short. Forget about anything in between. And last, about the title: it has arguably lots of leaves.
Julius Siador
Wouldn't it much simpler to have two or three sliding boards?