Moritz Schlatter, 2017
podia is an extremely flexible table system that allows for tables of almost any size and shape. The shape of the cast iron leg permits widths in excess of 1.20 metres as well as oversized round tables.
podia is an extremely flexible table system that allows for tables of almost any size and shape. The shape of the cast iron leg permits widths in excess of 1.20 metres as well as oversized round tables. There are no limits to the concept’s versatility, with free forms possible in addition to the classic square and round tables. As a result, the long-cherished ambitions of many architects are fulfilled.
This variety of shapes is possible because the cast iron legs are fitted to the outer area of the table top and because their T-shaped top plate eliminates the need for struts. A simple and elegant solution.
Its clean and simple form allows podia to combine with virtually every chair. It also harmonises perfectly with modern buildings made of glass, steel and concrete.
This combination of cast iron leg and solid wood table top is typical of horgenglarus and harks back to the traditional in-house designs from the 1920s and 30s.
With its 45° profile and slightly cambered surface, the podia table leg takes full advantage of the technical possibilities of solid casting production.
Since 2020, horgenglarus has also offered a 2-leg version of the podia. The design idiom remains the same but the legs are cast in a v-shape at an angle of 48°. The leg profile here is also rotated by 45° and the surface is slightly cambered. A top plate with three projections to allow the legs to be bolted securely is also cast as part of the leg. This table configuration offers plenty of leg room and a flexible length. The width of the table top ranges from 700 to 950 mm.
It is manufactured by the Giesserei Chur foundry using traditional sand casting – the highest-quality casting process. Every leg is treated with anthracite structured paint. The horgenglarus lettering is discretely cast into one side of the leg. The weight of the cast iron gives the table exceptional stability despite the slender legs.
Custom designs are a speciality at horgenglarus. The 30-mm-thick table tops for podia are individually crafted from solid wood to the specified dimensions. To ensure that the table top remains flat, a principle from the 17th century is employed: A groove is milled into every solid wood table top into which dovetail battens are set. Thanks to this traditional craftsmanship, even large tables can be manufactured without the need for a central support. Customers can choose between beech, oak, cherry, ash or black walnut. The surface is polished by hand until the wood has a velvety feel. It is then varnished or can also be stained, oiled or soaped on request.
podia and podia t-1806 was designed by Moritz Schlatter.
Table with 4 cast iron legs, anthracite painted finish with original lettering, adjustable sliders, table top in solid wood with dovetail battens, 30mm thick, table height: 74cm
Swiss designer Moritz Schlatter graduated with a diploma in product design at the University of Art in Zurich. After his degree he worked for several design office including Barber & Osgerby in London. 2008 he set up his own design studio in Zurich where he started to develop products and furniture; 2010 he started working for Horgenglarus. Since 2016 he lives and works in Tokyo where he is collaborating with the Japanese Designer und Architect Keiji Ashizawa.
Moritz Schlatter has won several prizes and exhibited his work in various venues in Germany, Switzerland and Tokyo.