Quandry Table by John Berg

Quandry Table by John Berg

Maxwell Ryan
Sep 27, 2010

Design: Quandry Table
Materials: White Oak and 3/4" thick glass top
Designer: John Berg
Link: bergdesignarchitects.com
Location: New York, NY
Price Point: The table has been expensive to produce as one off custom orders. We will be able to offer it at $1500.00 ea based on a minimum run of 50 pieces.

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"The Quandry table was designed for a specific client who wanted a timeless design that would work well in a living room interior featuring a mix of modern and traditional elements. By inverting two of the four table legs the table construction was designed to be sculptural but also take on Escher like qualities of movement as ones eye traces the lines of the frame."

"With the clients permission the table has now been produced, 4 times; twice in walnut and twice in white oak. The table was made in Western MA and the glass comes from Brooklyn. In the interest of making the table more affordable I would like to have it produced in quantity and to use reclaimed wood but have not yet found the right outlet."


I work between an office in NYC and my home office where most of my furniture design work happens. This shot is the home office, in Springs L.I. which recently became part baby nursery. I like to have inspirational images near by and have a beautifully distracting view of the tree tops.

These are a few maquettes of furniture designs from the past and in progress.

This is my garage work space where I build mock ups and small models.


I have a special appreciation for architects who are able to work well at very different scales and synthesize form and function. My favorite designer if forced to choose is probably Alvar Aalto, a Finnish architect whose work ranged in scale from urban planning to furniture design.

The common thread throughout his work was a focus on the relationship of the human body to space or to the materials that we come in contact with. For example, in his buildings, the "wear surface," is always a warm material, probably wood and in the case of a stair handrail shaped to fit the hand in a pleasing way. His furniture is similar in that the forms for all of their aesthetic beauty are also extremely functional and designed for maximum comfort.


Although an obvious mid century modern icon, I must shamelessly confess that my favorite design is the Eames molded plywood lounge chair. This chair is the first and only piece of furniture that I bought for myself for a very long time after college. I find it to be an incredibly comfortable place to kick back with a good book, although, what I really enjoy are the lines and sculptural quality of the piece.

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