True to their policy of designing eco-friendly buildings and furnishings, Foster + Partners have come up with a set of tables for contemporary settings. Made entirely of wood, the natural material par excellence, the Ava Table responds to the need to meet the demand for ecosustainability without forgoing the need to represent the space that every piece of furniture deserves. The table’s bridge-like structure is a highly sculptural object with minimal detailing and a high-quality finish. The joints between the two sections are accentuated by a shadow gap that references architectural traditions. The geometry allows the end sections to cantilever up to one metre out on either side, while remaining stable and rigid. Molteni makes every effort, by running scrupulous checks on each item, to keep the original characteristics of the woods employed pristinely intact - homogeneity of surfaces, warmth and colour. It should be borne in mind, however, that when natural raw material is used, these characteristics cannot always be guaranteed for every part of the item. That’s why you may sometimes find veinings or chromatic shadings in various parts that are not perfectly homogeneous. These differences should not be considered a defect, but rather proof that the material used is the genuine article - real wood. All parts in wood (heartwood or veneer) are painted or varnished in an opaque, transparent, polyurethanic or acrylic finish. Products used for varnishing or painting contain no formaldehyde, their composition being such that they are classified non-toxic. These products are free, moreover, of the heavy metals mentioned in European specification EN71, part 3, 1988.
USE AND MAINTENANCE
The product is destined for use indoors in homes as a place to set lightweight materials. Table tops are not to consider worktops of any kind. Do not sit or stand on tables. Do not load weight on the extremities that can cause damage or tipping. Distribute weight loads uniformly. Avoid performing maintenance on components of the product, and for any problems, contact the salesman. Avoid allowing water or other liquids remain in contact with surfaces, even for short periods of time. Edges cannot be placed near sources of heat exceeding 45° C. Any presence of particular odours from the product, when it is removed from the packaging, is not a source of hazard and will disappear as the product is exposed to air.
THE MOVEMENT OF THE TABLE MUST BE CARRIED OUT COMPLETELY LIFTING THE TABLE FROM THE LEGS. DO NOT LIFT UP WHEN PLACING THE PLANS OR STRIPPING THE STRUCTURE AS IT CAN CAUSE DAMAGE TO THE FLOOR OR TO THE SAME STRUCTURE.
MAINTENANCE OF WOODEN PARTS
For everyday maintenance dust with a soft dry cloth. For greasy, oily marks (fingerprints) we advise cleaning the surface with alcohol diluted in water, drying immediately with a soft cloth. Products containing acetone, bleach and solvents should be avoided, as should abrasive products, furniture wax and hard fibre cloths (linen and synthetics) which could ruin and/or scratch surfaces. All these operations should be carried out with great care, avoiding heavy pressure. Exposure to direct sunlight can alter the wood colour.
Once discarded, neither the product nor its components should be dispersed in the environment, but rather consigned to public disposal systems