Past meets present: A Japanese folding table with style


In 1974, at a time when Japan's economic boom was propagating a modern lifestyle and overturning many living traditions, four young carpenters founded the Oak Village collective in the forests of Hida Takayama, Japan. Their vision was to use solid wood in a sustainable way to create modern and durable everyday objects, while retaining a connection to the history and culture of their own country. The Folding Table, a compact, metal-free wooden table made from chestnut wood, is representative of this vision, combining minimalist design with maximum functionality. It is work, study, bedside and side table all in one. Its compact size makes it easy to transport and place wherever it is needed. 

Past meets present

Oak Village was inspired to create this quintessentially modern folding table by an elegant table in the dining room of the Nigatsudo Hall of Todaiji Temple in Nara. The hall is famous for the over 1000 year old Buddhist Otaimatsu and Omizutori ritual, which takes place every year between the 1st and 14th of March and marks the end of winter in a spectacular way with fire and water. While preserving the original character of this traditional and timeless temple table, the Japanese company Oak Village has incorporated the spirit of modern Japanese craftsmanship into the product.


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