The planks of the tabletops and seats have a structure that reminds one of wood. These visible ‘woodgrains’ are a result of the productionprocess.If you look closer you will find out that it is made out of a modern late 20th century recycled material: a recycled plastic used along Dutch canals. Wind-, water-, salt-, acid-, UV-resistant, the material has practical aspects which make these tables suitable for house, garden and kitchen.
The first table set - Tête à tête set (1997) - started off with a wish to design furniture that would not look over-designed but be an ordinary product. A simple construction based on trial and error, like our ancestors used to do when they needed a table or a chair. Furniture of the kind you can find in open-air museums or folk-art museums was an inspiration for this project. Design was not an issue in those days.
Beer table set came a year later (longer table + two benches, 1998). When the Tête à Tête set and Beer table set were produced for a while, requests came in for bigger tables and benches with backs. The Deluxe set (2001) was developed as an answer to this and later relax set was added as a standard set. All seats fit perfectly under the tables of these sets and can stay dry when it rains.In the end Relax set (2005): two low chairs and a low table was added as a standard set sets looking all very ordinary at first glimpse.
Ordinairy furniture has been sold internationaly non-stop since the first Tête à Tête set was shown in a selfinitiated presentation London in 1997. Apart from the standard sets many varieties and sizes have come out later (see Extra Ordinairy Seats)Ordinary furniture was nominated for the Rotterdam Design Prize in 1999.
collections:Tête à Tête set: Museum Boijmans van Beuningen RotterdamBeertable set: Musee des Arts Decoratives Paris
production: INEKEHANS©OLLECTIONphoto's 5-8: Ron Steemers