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'.
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.
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.