The Annalog side table was developed on the principle of thin living. It was designed to occupy a small foot print and be a versatile piece of furniture. Based on this constraint a series of mock ups and prototypes were constructed to sculpt the planes and formal elements while incorporating as much function as possible. By dividing the table surfaces into two levels you can have two separate surfaces to be used independently from one another. The inner cavity created by this form also provides an area for storage. The Analog is made of solid wood and uses traditional joinery methods as both an aesthetic and structural elements.
This joinery presented some challenges in terms of manufacturability. In order for wood joints to be feasible the quality of construction and the tolerance in these joints are somewhat of an art form. Under the guidance of U+ creative lead Michelle Ivankovic, we decided to investigate the possibility of working with a local manufacturer in Ontario to have the analog table made.
100 letters were sent to 100 different furniture manufacturers in the St. Jacobs area. The area’s predominately Mennonite manufacturing community represented a bit of a sourcing challenge. Some more old-fashioned factories even said, “They would not do business with a woman”. After months of in person visits with the most technological advanced communication being land line telephone calls, the Annalog was born. Made by Mr. Levi Frey and his 3 sons in there small workshop out of sustainably forested wormy maple hard wood. Only 100 pieces were ever made in this limited edition handmade production.