As you may well know, things are not always as they seem. Take something as mundane as a table–it’s “just” a fixed flat surface to serve meals on and gather ’round, right? Not to the folks at DB Fletcher Design. The company, which has been crafting custom wood tables for high-end homes and the megayacht market for years, has an innovative way of doubling capacity at dinner.
Forget about a traditional table that pulls apart in the center to allow an extra leaf or two to slip in–DB Fletcher has what it calls a capstan table, which at the press of a button reveals pie-shape expansion leaves stored within the table itself. In fact, they’re part of the table’s structure and line up in place (or stow away) within seconds. It’s a twist on a concept from the 19th century, proving that sometimes new versions of old ideas are not only possible but possibly better.
Rather than prattle on about how the table works, I’ll let you watch it in action. This video shows two different tables that DB Fletcher’s team created, one for White Rose of Drachs and the other for Ilona.