Prototypes: 2014 - 2015
Sold: 2 pieces in 2015
Team: Michel Schranz, Julien Kiefer
Steel frame: Flight Design
Terazzo slab: Julien Kiefer
Diameter of slab (Hexagon): 430mm x 500mm
Slab thickness: 62mm
Total height on wheels: 815mm
Total height on legs 770mm

Tide Table

Tide table is an ongoing project that has come out of a small commission to design a cheese trolley for a restaurant, the Truscott Arms, a GastroPub we refurbished in 2013 - we could not find many good looking trolleys when researching and realised we had to approach it from a different angle. Cheese trolleys seem to be designed exclusively for restaurants and are always highly functional, clad and wrapped in decorative shapes, materials and finishes. There are high standards of hygiene required to serve food which adds to the apparent complexity of such trolleys.
We wanted something simpler but retaining the functions was crucial - but in essence the functions are simple: cooling & cleanable surface that can be cut on and a lid if required to protect the cheese from flies and people touching the products and it has to be mobile, handled by one person.
We immediately thought of concrete that could be chilled (inside a fridge) and if thick enough would retain the cold for a long time - and further; a thick slab of terrazzo suspended on a thin steel frame to emphasise the weight and presence of a handcrafted Terrazzo Slab.
Terrazzo with its textures and colours suited to complement the normally light & plain coloured cheeses.
Whilst exploring and testing Terrazzo we took part in a day of beach combing (aka mud-larching) when we realised what treasures especially the river Thames hosts on its history laden foreshores. We were particularly taken by the beautifully broken and ground up flint fragments which eventually made it into our Terrazzo production and shaped the first slabs for the initial 2 trolleys, now in use at The Truscott Arms in Maidavale. We have since tested different colour pigments for the concrete mixes and also other fragments found on foreshores to act as decorative aggregates. Finding our aggregates at low tide on foreshores has given the trolley its name.
For us it has become more of a table than a trolley though it does work surprisingly well as a cheese trolley, its original intention. Development and one off production is ongoing before small series can be produced.