Our design table Carlo Making off


Carlo is a round, essential, symmetrical design table, easily buildable and multiply, with no more ostentation than the design itself, conceived to be a useful tool for human beings.

Inspiration for a table design

At Molins Design, as an architecture and design studio, we are almost forced to propose and innovate. In a way, due to our commitment to design and, on the other hand, due to our desire to locate the perfect pieces that fit with our interior design and decoration projects.

While any design has one starting point to another, our Carlo design table draws inspiration from the design heritage of the 1960s, one of the golden ages of industrial design. The industrialized use of wood and different types of plastic allowed the design possibilities to be multiplied, generating hitherto impossible results.

The hanging and light structures of the Carlo table seem to make it able to detach itself from the ground and fly. Little curvy executive details evoke us to the world of aviation and automotive.

First steps in product design

We understand product design as an artistic and millimetric process. By this we mean that, when we talk about the steps in a product design, we are approaching it from a non-industrial process, since this is how we design and execute prototypes in our studio. Let’s get into the matter then:

Having clarified and consolidated the concept and design, we moved on to the digital creation phase in real terms and measurements. After a process of creating the part in numerical control in detail, it was time to create a first prototype.

Thanks to a five-axis molding machine we were able to create this table in two large differentiated pieces; the envelope and the legs. Two independent pieces, but that depend on each other for an optimal and aesthetic result.

Once these two large pieces were created, the envelope was mounted, supported by its peculiar legs. In a first test we verified how the weight of the envelope involved general instability and unwanted shaking. It is these details and improvements during the process that make a design richer and more sophisticated.

The solution

Once we analyzed the reasons for the swaying and the lack of stability, we had to find a concrete solution. We had two very clear options that we had to choose.

On the one hand, one solution was to reduce the thickness of the table top, which also meant losing robustness. A second solution was to increase the thickness of the legs and keep the same thickness as the envelope.

Valuing both options, it was finally decided to increase the thickness of the legs, a solution that more respected the original idea of ​​the design and completely solved the stability problems.