Suspension Furniture by Robby Cuthbert is a feat of engineering
While many furniture designs boast that they are assembled without screws, glue or nails, few can say that they rely on nothing but tension, but that’s exactly what Robby Cuthbert’s hanging furniture does. By guiding stainless steel cables from the outermost points of the curves and from the innermost points, the tension from the shortest distances to the longest distances becomes counter-forces, holding each other in place for maximum stability.
The variety of cables and the fact that the legs of the Contour Table do not touch make this coffee table a technical masterpiece that represents a sculptural design. This is no coincidence, because Robby studied both sculpture and mechanical engineering at Williams College.
The stainless steel cables are held by copper crimping.
Although the four bamboo legs do not touch, the base is absolutely stable.
The X-Weave coffee table is a walnut and maple design and presents a more traditional style than the Contour table, but here too the tension inside the cables adds extra stability – especially to the walnut shelf under the glass top.
Balance End Table would not balance well without its cables. Cherry wood and sapeli wood create the carpentry within the tabletop, and the two actual legs add a woodworker aesthetic to the industrial geometry of the cables.
The Balance Ending Table takes on a completely different view, depending on your perspective.
The Pinnacle End Table is a walnut and maple design whose four conical legs would be quite unstable without the added reinforcement of the 8 stainless steel cables.
Suspension shelf reminds me of a suspension bridge and for a good reason, as it uses the same principles as a suspension bridge to hold the cantilevered shelf in place.
Even though they are filled with books, the pattern of the cables behind the mahogany and red oak shelf is not only visible but also beautiful.
Robby’s suspension designs are not limited to furniture, as you can see on this balance walnut and birch wine rack. There are no adhesives or screws that hold this almost vertical wine holder on its horizontal base.
Robby also creates purely sculptural designs of stainless steel cables and wood. This is called Dive and consists of walnut and birch. Although it is an abstract image, it really looks like a heron preparing to dive into the water to catch a fish. What do you see?