Words by Yeong Sassall, Vogue Living
For all the talk about the future and the way technology will shape it, when it comes to furniture, we’ve seen little synergy between high-tech functionality and world-class design. But a new collaboration between premier furniture retailer King Living and Sydney-based industrial designer Tom Fereday has the potential to shake up everything we thought we knew about the humble work desk.
Launching at Melbourne’s Denfair just over a week ago alongside a Charles Wilson lighting range and Sand Series photography by Nick Leary, the Tom Fereday collection for King Living kicked off with the ETO table. Branded as a feat of modern technology, it’s also, impressively, the first table in the world to merge interchangeable lighting and powerless charging within one sleek design.
Boasting integrated power, wireless charging and lighting all housed within a slick and minimalist aluminium frame, the ETO table may sound overly futuristic, but the natural timber top ensures a warm and tactile finish. Fitted with a discreet and slimline drawer unit to stow away anything you’d deem unsightly, the ETO table has a duality that will attract minimalist design lovers and technophiles alike.
‘We talked a lot about developing products that aren’t just sophisticated and well made, but also actually trying to push the boundaries of furniture,’ says Fereday. This distinctly innovative approach is set to continue with the rest of the Tom Fereday for King Living ETO Range, and frankly, we can’t wait to see what’s next.