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The Ceci N’est Pas Une Table is Robbed of Its Former Functionality

By: Meghan Young - Published: Oct 30, 2012 • References: tobypoolman and contemporist
The Ceci N’est Pas Une Table happens to look like it is undergoing torture for one reason or another. One end is slowly being compressed by some kind of circular vise, effectively crippling its legs and creating a painfully curved aesthetic. As though trying to slow down this compression even more, the top of table is bending downwards in a form of subjugation. Interestingly enough, its name translates to 'This Is Not a Table,' which could explain the physical persecution.

Designed by British artist Toby Poolman, the Ceci N’est Pas Une Table is robbed of its former functionality. Made out of wood and steel, it can only serve as a work of art now. It was presented during the London Design Festival.