Janos Hubler’s design of Applied Literature coffee table for Ivanka Studio and Concrete Works masters the art of disguise to absolute perfection and merges sculpture with function in the most dynamic of ways. Made entirely of concrete, a symbolic material to Ivanka’s living under the Iron Curtain experience; Applied Literature detonates creativity of modern furniture design in the form of the most multifaceted paradox imagined.
But the symbolism doesn’t stop there; Applied Literature coffee table accolades the lack of boundaries and limitations that is innate to modern design by the technological congruency of materials alone. Likewise, it is a testament to the power of knowledge that is literally set in concrete. The slits in the table’s base are homes to books which represent the ever-changing curiosity, aspiration and ideas that define and guide us. Ironically, this table encourages change even if its structure is made of concrete by having its “voids” adapt to its surroundings.