Say goodbye to the insidious rocking of a cafe table! Brilliant inventor and geometry wiz Chris Heyring has devised a four-legged bistro table that won’t wobble. Known mostly for designing innovative suspension systems, Heyring set out to tackle a simple-but-thorny puzzle: Three-legged tables will always sit flat, but risk tipping, while four-legged tables will invariably rock when placed on uneven surfaces.
His clever solution is a table base where the feet self-stabilize. Small gaps between the feet allow for articulation and movement. When weighed down by the table top, the slightly asymmetric legs are forced to lean against each other, creating a solid base.
“It’s just a simple banal bloody thing that you go to a cafe, you put your coffee down and your wine and it goes click clack,” Heyring explained in a video. “You go to Rome, Florence, Paris... it’s the same thing over and over—it goes click clack, spill spill and it annoys the heck out of me. I just had to do it.”
Via: New Atlas