Atlas was conceived as several custom-designed tables for Portal Bar in Stockholm, as part of the commission for the architecture of this restaurant/bar by Claesson Koivisto Rune Architects in 2018. The name comes from the Atlas district in Stockholm, the gateway of which is where the Portal bar lies.
The original tables were made from Swedish oak and galvanized steel, to allow them to work both indoors and outdoors for the open-air café. The table then developed into a series of different table configurations, stools, benches and clothes hangers.
Beyond the obvious robustness to withstand the harshest handling, the surprisingly graceful design feature is the ‘dancing’ arch, finishing the legs. Because the design feature resides in a detail – the ‘dancing’ foot – the personality of the design remains intact in a variety of colours, surface treatments, materials, sizes and tabletop shapes. Atlas has been designed to be similarly versatile in its context – it settles equally as well in the home as in the contract, public environment.