RAILS Table

by Gwendoline Porte

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Description

A modern system for fluid living.

RAILS® is a unique concept that bridges the gap between functional design and art.
Inspired by a railway track section, the functional sculptures are playful, graphic, and ergonomic. They can be stacked on top of one another to form a column, multiplied to form a hexagon, or separated to become a stool, chair, coffee table, or side table.
The pieces can lie horizontally or vertically or combined to create a bench, wall, or landscape or used simply as a striking standalone art piece within a room.

The units can be built up or broken down – a symbol of our fluid and mindful approach to our material surroundings. We are each on a unique journey and the endless configuration opportunities of these pieces remind us that there are often many paths presented to us in life.

Handmade in Europe by specialist artisans, each piece is made from plywood and built as a boat hull, resulting in a surprisingly lightweight, easy-to-handle feel.

Available in a range of colors, finishes include metal brass, lacquer, marble, and wood.
The patented modules are available in three sizes at standard seating heights: 450, 550, and 750mm.
They can be bought individually or in multiples.

Composition of x2 RAILS 750 with a tabletop.
Bespoke accessories can be made to order in various materials and finishes.

2 x Rails 750 + Tabletop

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Gwendoline Porte is a French interior designer, born in 1974, who lives and works in London. She spent her childhood under the Caribbean sun and the shade of palm trees, growing up barefoot, in contact with warm sand and the colonial houses of Guadeloupe. As an adult, she moved to Paris to study and work as a PR in fashion, events, arts and digital marketing. She then moved to London, whose cosmopolitan nature prompted her to embrace the idea that “anything is possible”. Porte recently graduated in Interior Design at Chelsea College of Arts, UAL, receiving the Dean’s Award for her work. RAILS, designed as a functional sculpture, was inspired by a cross section of railway tracks and aims to capture the essence of life’s journey. It was exhibited at Decorex London, Paris Design Week, the Decorative Arts Museum in Berlin and Clerkenwell Design Week in London. RAILS are now part of the selection of the Design Museum's shop and eshop. “I love travel and history,” says the designer. “I believe we are constantly reinventing things based on what we know and what we see. I am influenced by so many creative minds, from Le Corbusier and Pierre Paulin to Basquiat and Warhol.” Undoubtedly, Porte’s inspiration stems from her travels and her exotic roots. Her designs tell a story using clean lines and natural, often raw materials that age beautifully. She likes to mix different elements to add contrast and create a balance of styles, between male and female, traditional and contemporary, rustic and luxurious. Her first project was her own family house and design studio, before completing a number of offices and residential projects in London and France.
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