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In the age of COVID-19, manufacturing has to be done differently. To that end, the American Hardwood Export Council inaugurated Connected, a project inviting nine designers to develop timber products fit for life in lockdown. Among the cohort was Valencia-based creative Jaime Hayon, whose contribution — a multi-functional table called Mesamachine that comes equipped with coordinated seating — is the ideal pandemic object: an extendable furnishing with drawers, hooks and shelves designed to provide a single space for working, relaxing, exploring, eating and spending time with family.

According to Sean Sutcliffe — a co-founder of Britain’s Benchmark Furniture, which worked remotely with the designers on the production of...

How Jaime Hayon and Benchmark Furniture Crafted a Prime Pandemic Design

As part of the long-distance project Connected, the Spanish designer and British manufacturer unveiled Mesamachine.

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