Umbra’s Nest

“Nest” is a side table that began life as a stool called “SETO.” This SETO, which debuted last year at ICFF, was actually a seat and table combo that included a cushion.

“People liked the piece,” says designer David Quan, “but there was a lot of interest in it as a table.” So Quan dispensed with the cushion and replaced bent plywood with acrylic.

In SETO, the legs extended straight beyond the seating area, providing a place for the cushion. Nest’s corners are rounded, and the result is an emphasis on the pure form of the piece. In fact, the design has now found its fullest expression—as a table.

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