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The Super-Elliptical table by Arne Jacobsen, Piet Hein and Bruno Mathsson

Let’s take a look at the elegant Super-Elliptic table, the result of a collaboration between three great Scandinavian designers: Arne Jacobsen, Piet Hein and Bruno Mathsson.

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At the end of the 1960s, Piet Hein – architect, designer and mathematician – was working on an urban planning project for Sergels Torgs Square in Stockholm to solve a traffic problem. He came up with a revolutionary idea for the time: the super elliptical roundabout. This oval variant was truly original for the 1960s!

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Sergels Torg © scandinaviandesign.com

This idea gave rise to another, equally ingenious and seductive idea: the Super-Elliptical table. Its characteristic shape gives it the status of a so-called “democratic” table; each person is placed equally since there are no ends. But if Piet Hein designed the tabletop, what role did Arne Jacobsen and Bruno Mathsson play in the creation of the table? Well, they were the ones who designed the very original base! The Super-Elliptic table comes in a variety of sizes and shapes; the top can be square, rectangular or round. However, these versions are much less well known than the original model.

Modèle carré, rectangulaire © franceandson.com et rond

Square, rectangular © franceandson.com and round model

The top is available in laminate (white, grey, black), linoleum and also in wood (beech, walnut and rosewood for the vintage models). The base can be made of satin polished aluminium or chromed steel.

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There is a specific version of the table with the shaker base as below:

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The Super-Elliptic table is a perfect reflection of the genius of Jacobsen, Hein and Mathsson

. The Super-Elliptical table is a perfect reflection of the genius of Jacobsen, Hein and Mathsson. It is a testament to their taste for innovative forms and their desire to design elegant and timeless pieces.

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