It took some protracted staring to figure out just why we were so captivated by Studio Dinor's Round Slate Table. The way it occupies volume in such a 2-D way reminds us of a house of cards, but it's more complicated than that. Maybe it's the unusual combination of curves and acute angles ... or maybe it's the visible zinc washers and nuts, which give it an industrial feel. Or maybe it's the material. With her Slat Tables (round and straight), Bay Area designer Tasha Welch takes unabashed pleasure in humble Baltic Birch plywood, demonstrating that well-designed furniture needs good ideas and solid craftmanship more than fancy or rare materials. The Slat Tables are being sold on a commission-only basis at this point, and start at $1000 depending on choice of plywood. Contact Tasha Welch through her web site.