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The enthralling sculpture that is the Cloth Table could not be recreated in a softer material, despite the fact that the piece is meant to loosely represent the behavior of fabric drapery. A rectangular panel that perfectly fits the prismic frame of the furnishing has been filleted for rounded corners and seemingly shifted askew.
Now each of the four extremities of the flat surface cantilever beyond the stiff border of the boxy structure. Instead of extending with a constant firmness, these extruding edges actually take 90-degree folds and look to droop towards the floor. Of course, if the metal top was genuinely malleable, Artem Zigert’s Cloth Table would sag in the center as well. This impossible material reaction is what makes the object so compelling.