Tavla is a modern take on marquetry or creating a pattern of inlaid wood pieces. Pool co-designer Léa Padovani, inspired by the traditional technique oft-seen on backgammon tables, named this adaptation with the Iranian word for the game in honor of her Iranian-Italian heritage. Along with studio partner Sébastien Kieffer, they have created a marvelous enlargeable dining table with 2 additional extensions and clean-line steel legs with a black powder-coat finish. In dual shades of walnut, the bold contrasting pattern on the tabletop raises dining to a fine art.
- Table extension (one piece): 19.7" w (50cm)
- Table without extensions: 29.5" h x 78.7" w x 39.4" d (75x200x100cm)
- Table With both extensions: 29.5" h x 118.1" w x 39.4" d (75x300x100cm)
Steel grained powder paint, wood, walnut
Paris-based Petite Friture (French for “small fry”) champions new names as well as veteran designers as they collaborate on objects, lighting and furniture, all created for everyday life. “Emerging talents benefit from the exposure of the more established talents, while established talents remain fresh and open to new ideas thanks to the contact with emerging talents,” says founder Amelie du Passage. “I like to think of Petite Friture as the meeting point.”
Every product tells its own story. “It alludes to happiness, the sunshine, and a simple but pleasing dish to share with people you love,” Amelie says. “In short, it means many positive things that make life worthy.” She sees the workings of the much-heralded brand, which only debuted in 2009, much like a book editor. “Our role is to gather all of these mini-narratives together and combine them to create the Petite Friture story.”