Ryan Jackson, a Los Angeles-based designer with a sleek, contemporary aesthetic, opens up about the inspiration behind his new Atlas Dining Table.
Q: What inspired you to design the Atlas Dining Table?
A: The basis for the Atlas Dining Table is something old and something new. It's classic and classically modern with a twist. The use of powder coated metal in the base lent a strong contemporary materiality, while the marble top brought an element as old as design itself. I wanted to make a dining table that felt fresh, but had staying power for years to come.
Q: Did you see a void in the marketplace, or did you design it for a particular project and then realize it had broader appeal?
A: The Atlas was designed for a client, but its appeal is broad and timeless. These particular clients have a strong European sense to their style (Italian specifically). The Italian style to me is about the mix of objects of interest, curation, and a pop of the unexpected. The Atlas Table let me offer them a piece that allowed their important suite of chairs to come forward and the table still made a statement. I knew the need for a piece that offered this versatility would be appreciated by many.
Q: What is your favorite feature or detail of the item?
A: The overall restraint of the piece is the Atlas Table's most powerful feature. The sum of the table's parts has a strong presence, yet maintains a visual lightness. It challenges the conception of heavy marble with a base that makes the top seem to almost levitate. This tension sets the Atlas Table apart.
Q: Ideally, how and where would you like to see it used?
A: The beauty of the Atlas Table is its design flexibility. It pairs as comfortably with a suite of Louis XIV chairs as it does with Le Corbusier’s LC7. The mix of something classical in the marble, and something fresh and contemporary in the base, provide a balance in design. This harmony feels comfortable in any space of any style.
Q: How does it coordinate with other items in your collection?
A: The pieces in my line all have a refined approach that's based in clean lines and the finest materials. With this broader design approach, the Atlas pairs well with other pieces in my line as well as work by other furniture designers.
Q: Are you able to offer customized versions?
A: Yes, we offer the table in sizes and finishes to suit.