Inspired by a drum kit, The Hess melds form and function in one carefully considered design.
Award-winning architect and industrial designer Mikal Harrsen came up with the design for The Hess after a conversation with a drummer friend who wanted a dining table for his new home. As a result, the large circular table boasts a mechanical steel structure intended to resemble a drum.
Trained as a carpenter, Harrsen sought to move away from his wood-making background. Nonetheless, his expertise is apparent in the precise structural design of The Hess table, which features three steels legs that intersect to support a stone tabletop. Each adjustment mechanism – such as the screws on the table’s feet – were exaggerated and emphasized as Harrsen deliberately integrated them into the overall design.
“The Hess has a very open expression,” explains Harrsen. “It’s a nice, strong structure that you can fit in a big room to encourage people to sit around and enjoy conversation.”
Born and raised in Denmark, Mikal Harrsen is an award-winning architect, industrial designer, and founder of his own eponymous studio. After co-establishing a furniture brand, MA/U Studio, in 2012, Harrsen and the business relocated to Milan when it was acquired by DePadova as part of Boffi Group. In 2019, Harrsen founded Design Editions, which creates specialist objects in collaboration with high-end manufactures from across Europe. Harrsen has been recognized with a number of prestigious design awards that include the RedDot Awards and the IF Award, among others.