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Embla

by Elsa Ekdahl & Anne Skoug Obel

Personal and practical. Embla is a table with dual functionality. Its two levels take care of objects with different energies: moving around or standing still. Embla is designed by Elsa Ekdahl and Anne Skoug Obel. “We started by considering the table’s functionalities and its role in various everyday settings. How do we use different surfaces and how do they feel? We wanted to make an appealing item for both public and private environments.”

They collaborated with Gärsnäs as graduating students at Beckmans College of Design in 2019. In a joint school project, Gärsnäs suggested a small table, and so Embla was born.

Elsa and Anne discovered that tables often subordinate the objects placed on them. It easily gets crowded and messy. Therefore Embla has two different tops: a bigger one for objects that come and go and a smaller one for things that stay put, e.g. a flower pot. Or vice versa. The functionality is open.

It was also important for the table to have its own personality. The countryside around the Gärsnäs factory in Österlen inspired the organic shapes of the table tops. “The beauty of the land is in the Gärsnäs DNA and we wanted to include these lovely surroundings in the table.” The organic shapes evolved from countless sketches. “The curvature needs to be exciting, it cannot just be a blob.”

Possessing a charming hint of play furniture, Embla is a fine accompaniment to sofas and easy chairs. The sturdy, removable glass top, with its gentle, bevelled edges, complements the skilful Gärsnäs wooden construction.

Embla is available in oak and beech. Painted or stained. The glass plate comes as clear or in a bronzed tone. The table can be transported as a flat pack.

Design by Elsa Ekdahl & Anne Skoug Obel

"We started by considering the table’s functionalities and its role in various everyday settings. How do we use different surfaces and how do they feel? We wanted to make an appealing item for both public and private environments."