Hopper by Extremis

20 Sep 2012

Summer may be over tomorrow but it wouldn't be the first time that the first half of October delivers enough warmth to still enjoy some quality time outside. That's when today's item comes into play, it's completely Belgian and got its first public viewing at Interieur 2010 at Kortrijk. This bench is my favorite place to have lunch or to read a book.

Hopper

Hopper – when beer culture meets design

In 1567 Pieter Bruegel the Elder painted 'The Peasant Wedding'. The painting shows a wedding where the guests sit at a long table enjoying beer & food. This scene, together with the hop and beer culture of the 'Westhoek', was the source of inspiration for this bench called 'Hopper'.

The peasant wedding

Belgian company, Belgian designer

This bench is produced by Extremis and designed by Dirk Wynants. Dirk started the company in 1994, and is a well-known name in the international design scene ever since. The 'Hopper' bench has been gathering design awards with its innovative design and looks.

Familiar yet innovative

The shape of this bench is what attracted me in the first place. This bench is also a classic example that good design takes time to evolve with its first prototype of 'Hopper' going back almost ten years. Simplifying the original idea has taken quite some time. Hopper clearly bears resemblance to the traditional picnic tables everybody knows, but with extra comfort.

The four pass through zones make it easy to get in and out of Hopper without having to lift your leg over the bench or disturbing your table-companions. Its slanted legs and tabletop edges are a clear reference to the hop poles that are so characteristic of the 'Westhoek' region. If you turn around, you can use the tabletop as a comfortable backrest.

Materials

The materials used are FSC labelled hardwood (Iroko), galvanized steel for the frame and the legs, which are also available in powder coated aluminum (white, red, and earth color). Iroko wood has the advantage that you can make each tabletop segment from a single piece of wood.

Hopper is available in four sizes, seating four, six, eight, or ten people.

Comments

  1. 1 Bart De Vuyst 27 Sep 2012

    Did you see the inspiration for this table by cassecroute?

  2. 2 Veerle Pieters 27 Sep 2012

    @Bart De Vuyst

    Did you see the inspiration for this table by cassecroute?

    Not sure what you mean. If you mean if I seen a bench from cassecroute before then the answer is yes. I’ve seen them on Sfeer I think. The Hopper is much nicer imho & more inventive.