Tables are very often not given the consideration they deserve, although they are probably the most important piece of furniture in a restaurant. As pointed out by my brother, Chef Michel Sarran, the daily task of setting up tables poses a serious practical problem and can even become a nightmare in the case of round tables which are so much appreciated by guests as a symbol of conviviality. I decided to solve this problem by designing a wooden table that is easy to manufacture and whose size and shape can be easily modulated at will.
UNIQUE PROPERTIES / PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
Restaurant staff have to change the table layout on a daily basis. The iLOK system is a family of tables made from lightweight tops and individual legs that are easy to fix together using quick mounting brackets. Each leg is made of two slanted thin pieces of wood, braced between a stainless steel bushing and the connector. Several legs form a central base. This unique design results from consideration of the end user’s needs, as well as the possibilities offered by new woodworking processes.
OPERATION / FLOW / INTERACTION:
The diners' well-being is often associated with a friendly atmosphere all around a table. Eating on a wooden table and facing each other is most often a highly appreciated experience for clients. From the staff's point of view, it must be easy to set up the tables between services. With the iLOK system, the staff can adapt the diameter of a table to the number of guests and store the remaining table tops in a compact upright position requiring very little storage space. In addition, the low weight of each part avoids back pain for employees.
PROJECT DURATION AND LOCATION:
This project started in June 2014 in Toulouse and finished in January 2015. The project was finalized after taking into account remarks made by several restorers during the Trade Fair Equip’hôtel where it was exhibited in the QUISO stand, in Paris in November 2014.
FITS BEST INTO CATEGORY:
Furniture, Decorative Items and Homeware Design
PRODUCTION / REALIZATION TECHNOLOGY:
Machining the wood on a lathe and then bending it like a bow requires a solid knowledge of how to work wood in a traditional way. Moulding composite table tops under vacuum is a technique derived from the aerospace manufacturing. It enables the production of diameters up to 2.2m. Patrick Sarran has worked out a process to inlay the female part of the bracket flush into the tops. The brackets are cut using a laser machine. They are then folded using a digital press. These modern techniques allow for small quantity production without investing in expensive stamping tools.
SPECIFICATIONS / TECHNICAL PROPERTIES:
One of the most attractive aspects of the iLOK table is the flexibility of using the removable legs. It is possible to order a large range of table tops with varying shapes and sizes. A table with a 1.80m diameter weighs only 30 kg. The table tops are sent in cardboard boxes strengthened with wooden frames. The legs are packed in a separate boxes.
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Since 1993, Patrick Sarran has designed three restaurants for Chef Michel Sarran. For the first one, he made tables structures that can be linked by iron tubes and various modular tops. Heavy and not easy to store, it was however a first answer to the need. Since then, Patrick has searched for a new approach by prototyping and testing light and sturdy components. Making process of legs and wood composite panels were worked out. For the past 6 years, Patrick Sarran has acquired a good knowledge of using 3D design software. It has been essential to design mounting brackets and send precise files to subcontractors.
A race against time. In June 2014 Patrick Sarran had the main idea for the legs and table tops. He still had to invent a junction piece, both practical and affordable for small-scale production. In January he rented a stand for QUISO at Equip’hôtel fair. In July he was put forward for an Equip’innov award. The exhibition opened on 22nd November with a new challenge, to demonstrate the efficiency of the product within the restricted area of the stand. Patrick Sarran managed to successfully present four tables at the fair and to win the award.
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All images: Photographer Patrick Sarran
OHMI copyright N° 002598045-0001, Patrick Sarran 15/12/2015
INPI, ILOK Brand N°14 4 127 040, Quiso SARL