Mechanized Twisting Dining Table Expands To Double Its Size

Mechanized Twisting Dining Table Expands To Double Its Size
Design & Architecture

Nineteenth century geometric design used to create this luxury piece of furniture.

Ross Brooks
  • 18 july 2013

The Fletcher Capstan Table is new offering from a British luxury furniture store called Fletcher Burwell-Taylor. Making use of unique geometry and a design that dates back to the nineteenth century, it’s a truly spectacular piece of work.

A round table capable of doubling its seating capacity, while maintaining its circular shape throughout it’s transformation. The original idea was designed in the nineteenth century by a man named Robert Jupe.

Fletcher has made some improvements on the original, allowing it to operate much more smoothly compared to Jupe’s original table which could not store its own expansion leaves, was not truly round in every stage, and was often slow and laborious to operate.

The top surfaces is made up of six pie shaped planks, and an outer skirt in the manner of a drum table. Below this first layer there are two more layers of planks, one made up of six arrow shaped planks, the other, a large star shaped leaf.


Below these layers sits a rotating and pushing mechanism, constructed with a combination of hard anodised aluminium and stainless steel. All of this rests on a base which can be of varying design

The table is capable of being operated manually by rotation of the entire top, or electrically from a pocket sized remote control transmitting unit.

An exceptional piece of design that despite it’s simple aesthetics, hides a complex system of internal workings, allowing the table to unfold in a truly ingenious way.


Fletcher Capstan Table

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