Designed by the German duo jehs+laub, the Brace table collection seamlessly blends the technological precision of modern design with a celebration of solid wood’s unique, natural characteristics.
Ranging in size and shape from small meetings to large conferences, Brace asserts itself as an anchoring visual in any interior from contract to residential.
The project has been awarded a 2021 Good Design Award by The Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design and The European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies.
Now available in wood veneer and laminate options in addition to the original solid wood design, Brace blends the stylistic comforts of home with commercial durability and versatility.
These tables strikingly adapt to their surroundings through mastery of angles and proportion.
Brace’s architectural legs form a minimalist base for this statement piece. Each leg unites at the floor and then splits into a fork that connects to the underside of the table.
Constructed from either binary steam-bent solid wood or dual 3/8” angled solid steel, this sculptural foundation creates an element that is both physically and visually strong while maintaining an air of lightness and delicacy.
Brace’s design is a triumph of physics, utilizing geometric properties to confidently support the substantial 28-millimeter thick top with slender legs.
The name Brace was inspired by this detail, lending a perfect balance between the table’s aesthetic and structure.
The solid wood used in the manufacturing of these tables is as distinctive and unique as the design itself.
When asked about Brace, jehs+laub spoke to this collection as such, “Brace is a melody of intelligent design and solid wood artistry.”
Each piece exudes the quality and care taken to create an enduring heirloom.
Defined by the intersection of strength, minimalism, and innovative technology, Brace’s design encompasses the simplicity of form and function by appealing to a sense of timelessness while maintaining a soft edge.
Wood veneer and laminate top options provide a range of price points and unique aesthetic options for this beautifully designed collection.
Brace illustrates a commitment to sustainable harvesting practices and craftsmanship.
When designing this table collection, jehs+laub began by reflecting upon the honesty and authenticity of the materials from which it is made.
Available in solid oak or walnut, each table begins as a single-sourced trunk consciously chosen at the end of its lifecycle.
Trees up to a hundred years old are selected within European forests and are aptly granted new life with this product.
As the timber is harvested, two saplings are planted to continue the legacy of their predecessor. Once the logs are processed, great care is taken to guarantee that any unusable elements of the trunk are used in a purposeful manner to ensure a zero-waste harvest.
The cut lumber is stacked in the exact formation of the original tree and air-dried.
Every board is carefully monitored for two years until each piece achieves the perfect moisture equilibrium needed for Brace’s construction.
After this extensive curing process, Swiss craftsmen select their material from a single tree and individually configure the timber to provide the basis for each piece of furniture.
To create Brace’s unique solid wood leg design, jehs+laub explored many manufacturing processes and eventually chose to utilize steam bending, a traditional process dating back to the 1800s.
Once constructed, Brace is then finished with either clear lacquer or linseed oil, which allows the true beauty and depth of the wood to be realized.
Davis wanted to uphold the highest aesthetic standards while also respecting and valuing this beautiful natural resource.
Project: Brace Tables
Manufacturer: Davis Furniture