Ben-Tovim De­sign ‘High’ side ta­ble

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DE­SIGNER: Jonathan Ben-Tovim Jonathan Ben-Tovim’s Melbourne stu­dio came to life in 2011, but he says that pro­duc­ing his own prod­ucts was ac­tu­ally an ac­ci­dent. “I have an in­dus­trial de­sign back­ground and de­signed a few pieces for a friend’s bar for fun,” he says. “I had some in­ter­est from those, and things just took off from there.” When it came to his made-to-or­der ‘High’ side ta­ble, Jonathan’s in­spi­ra­tion sprung from the range of ma­te­ri­als. “I wanted to com­bine a par­tic­u­lar pal­ette: an­odised alu­minium, Vic­to­rian ash tim­ber, glass and brass de­tail­ing,” he says. “I think they com­ple­ment each other re­ally well.” Jonathan’s de­sign process aligns with a de­sire to make ev­ery­thing lo­cally, and in the case of this ta­ble, to be able to flat-pack it for ship­ping with­out the fin­ished prod­uct look­ing like a ‘flat-pack’ item. “I’m al­ways keen to pro­duce prod­ucts lo­cally with qual­ity ma­te­ri­als,” he says. “I’m in­ter­ested in com­puter-driven fab­ri­ca­tion, wa­ter jet cut­ting, CNC [com­puter nu­mer­i­cal con­trol] ma­chin­ing and 3D print­ing – this al­lows for lo­cal pro­duc­tion and higher flex­i­bil­ity to cus­tomise de­signs.” $970, b-td.com.

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