This unique and amazing table is capable of automatically doubling its seating capacity whilst remaining truly circular in the process. Expansion leaves are stored within the table and are self positioning as the table changes from one mode and appearance to an entirely different one. Operation, which can either be manual or electronic, is simple and extremely quick.
The table top leaves are constructed from a sophisticated layering system and have, at their core, a layer of aluminium honeycomb. This gives them strength, rigidity, stability, and low weight. The table top is composed of thirteen self-stored elements and is capable of radial expansion by turning the top through 120 degrees. When small, the top is made up of six pie shaped leaves. Under this first layer lie two more layers of leaves, the second made up of six arrow shaped leaves and, under that, a large star shaped leaf.
The small table top is enclosed by an outer skirt in the manner of a drum table. This rises and falls as part of the expansion process and completes the table when it is small, making it truly round in both of its modes.
Beneath these parts lies a complex mechanism constructed primarily from stainless steel and hard anodised aluminium. The materials used are of such high specification that the table is capable of being permanently positioned on an exposed deck of a boat or in a beach house in the tropics. Every component used is of the highest quality and designed to last for generations.
The area of the table top expands by 73% enabling each table to be have two sizes with varying seating capacities. We produce three standard sizes of table:
3.0 metres to 2.28 metres (118 to 90 inches). Circumference when large 9.43 metres (31 feet).
2.5 metes to 1.90 metres (98.5 to 75 inches). Circumference when large 7.86 metres (27.8 feet).
2.2 metres to 1.67 metres (90.5 to 69 inches). Circumference when large 6.9 metres(22.7 feet).
A 3.6 metre lay-on top, which can be added to the 3.0 metre size to increase its seating capacity even more, is also offered.
The table top increases in size by turning through 120 degrees. The operation is either manually or electronically controlled. Tables are operated manually by physically rotating the table top, or electronically from a pocket sized remote control transmitting unit.
Electronic tables can easily be converted to manual operation.
We make tables from any suitable material, but generally speaking from the finest hardwoods available. Teak is frequently used for marine use, while Brazilian mahogany or European walnut are beautiful woods for domestic surroundings. More exotic materials such as rosewood and Macassar ebony can be employed, and one table used the contrasting woods of wenge and sycamore to great effect. We have made a table from the very rare wood koa from Hawaii and may soon make a table from another Hawaiian wood called Monkey Pod.
We can use any form of inlay or marquetry work and sometimes have used burr woods, particularly for the large central star of the table. The geometry of the table lends itself to many other possibilities, so far un-explored. Metals may also be used in the design and the structure of a table.
Tropical and domestic hardwoods are frequently finished in a low sheen polyurethane that we apply in such a way that it simulates a French polish, but with more resilient modern advantages. For marine use we can use traditional marine varnishes or highly UV resilient, and high gloss, polyurethanes. For a mirror-like domestic finish we can also use polyester which provides an exceptionally hard and glass-like appearance.