It seems that the design industry has taken the concept of the light meal to heart. Dining tables with LED lights set into them are becoming all the rage. And they are available with varying levels of technology.
A couple of years ago Munich-based Ingo Maurer (www.ingo-maurer.com) led the way with a version that is elegant in its simplicity. A sheet of clear, laminated safety glass sits on two, clean, unembellished metal legs. Embedded in the table top, with no visible wires, are 278 LED lights (white, blue or red) that appear to float.
The team at www.evilmadscientist.com developed the idea by making it interactive.
Supported by at simple wooden frame, the frosted glass top has 448 multicoloured LEDs that respond, in a complex and gentle fashion, to input generated by the motion of people sitting at it and eating from it. As a result of its success, two coffee table designs were created.
Then designers Julian Appelius and Fabien Dumas of www.toomanydesigners.net took the idea one step further. Place an item on the glass surface of their table, featured on www.trendhunter.com, and a halo of LED lights illuminates around it.