At first glance, Marina might not look that special. After all, a picnic table is one of the most primal dining options ever nailed into existence. But by harnessing the capabilities of contemporary manufacturing, designers Bruno Fattorini and Robin Rizzini have produced a table like no other. Made from pultruded fibreglass with powder-coated steel supports, Marina can in theory be produced to any length, so it can support outdoor parties on an epic scale. Because pultrusion manufacturing is a continuous process, wherein glass fibres are pulled through a bath of polyester resin, the only length limit is the size of the delivery truck: as the tabletop grows longer, more supports are simply added underneath.
The innovative Belgian outdoor furniture company Extremis offers Marina in 20 standard lengths, from 1.65 to 12.1 metres. To maximize functionality, it comes with built-in benches or as a stand-alone table paired with matching captain’s chairs, also by Bruno Fattorini & Partners. For more seating options, a long table with shorter benches leaves space for a handful of chairs, including wheelchairs. Corrosion resistant and easy to wipe clean, Marina is now produced in white only, although Extremis plans to introduce five new colours later this year.
THE DESIGNERS Bruno Fattorini, founder of the furniture company MDF Italia, and Robin Rizzini, an industrial designer who previously worked with Keilhauer and MDF Italia, formed Bruno Fattorini & Partners in 2009. Since then, the Milan studio has designed furniture for a range of top European companies, including Zanotta, Poliform and Desalto. Its signature is simple forms combined with intelligent construction.
What the jury said:
“We liked Marina’s flexibility: you can use it in many different situations, indoors and out. It’s an honest product, which is something the market needs right now.”
– Giulio Cappellini, art director of Cappellini