As long as you like

‘As long as you like’ is a collaboration between British and Norwegian product designers Thomas Jenkins, Sverre Uhnger. The essence of the design project ‘As long as you like’ was to create a series of handmade tables that are quite simply, as long as you like.

Written by Janne Magnussen

As part of this collaboration series, Lundhs Blue Real Stone was selected to accompany their vision. Lundhs Blue is a material renowned for the subtle combination of delicate blue and grey tones complemented by hints of radiant crystals. The collaboration for ‘As long as you like’ sees Lundhs stone paired with textured oak modular legs to create a stunning dining table.

The bespoke dining table collaboration creatively challenged the principle of the design project with the sheer weight and unique quality that comes with the natural stone Larvikite. The designers used all their prior experience and knowledge with the exquisite Larvikite stone to perfect the manufacture of the table that uses one vast and entirely intact piece of stone.

It was a challenge to work with a 250 kgs stone slate - but it was fun!

Thomas Jenkins and Sverre Uhnger

The result is impressive, with the finished dining table using the longest length possible of extracted stone (an incredible 3.5 metres) to create the ultimate ‘as long as you like’ table using beautiful, natural materials. The Lundhs ‘As long as you like’ tailor-made table can seat up to 14 family and friends with ease. At 250 kilos, it may not be one to move around the home but is an inspired design collaboration that merits a permanent place in the kitchen as a functional design statement that combines practicality with beauty.

The prototype of “As long as you like” was launched in 2015 at the Milan Design fair. The table was constructed from solid oak and Larvikite, a stone unique to norway from the Lundhs’ quarry in Larvik.

About the designers:

Thomas Jenkins has worked in leading design companies before starting his own studio in 2010.  His interest in manufacturing and materials combined with his traditional craft skills has led to him to create furniture and objects designed for interaction.

Thomas currently divides his time between his own studio and the branding agency WORK. He is also chairman of the board at Klubben, an organisation that promotes the work over 30 young Norwegian Designers both in Norway and abroad.

Located in Oslo since 2011, Sverre Uhnger specialises in furniture and product design. He is one of the three founding members of Klubben and works actively with exhibitions, curating and consulting.

Sverre Uhnger is a part of Studio Prindsen – a shared creative space located in the historical Prindsen block in the center of Oslo.

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