Bentu Design’s new Ding Table made with recycled aluminium
Bentu Design continues its experimental exploration of recycled waste materials, utilising recycled aluminium from manufacturers in Dali, South China, for its new collection of Ding Tables.
Dali, in Nanhai District, Foshan, is famous for its aluminium extrusion industry, which has rapidly developed over the last 30 years. Dali is the leading town for aluminium extrusion production in China, with the country accounting for more than 50 per cent of global aluminium extrusion production.
Aluminium is an infinitely recyclable material, and recycling aluminium consumes only five per cent of the energy used to make new aluminium from the raw ore. Bentu sources recycled aluminium from suppliers that collect the waste aluminium from manufacturers in Dali. These suppliers melt the aluminium down to its pure state and mix it with other elements to create Aluminium Alloy 6063, which Bentu has machined and milled into its Ding Table components.
Aluminium Alloy 6063 is medium-strength alloy. Commonly referred to as architectural alloy, it is normally used for intricate extrusions due to its strength, light weight and high resistance to corrosion. It also has a non-porous surface finish that means it is non susceptible to weathering. These properties make it an excellent material for the tabletops and stems of Bentu’s collection of Ding Tables.
The new Ding Table is an update of Bentu’s original Ding Table, which features throughout Chuan’s Kitchen II in Guangzhou, China. The new tables retain the modernist geometric form of the original table, but are now available as a dining table, side table and bar table suitable for indoors and out. Each table is available with a square or round aluminium tabletop; in black or white; and with the option of concrete or terrazzo base.
The Ding Concrete table has a conical base made of recycled concrete, and a slim aluminium stem rising to the square or round aluminium tabletop, available in black or white.
The Ding Dining Table has a larger concrete base, with the conical geometric structure extending the full height of the stem. The cone-shaped pedestal is a strong and stable form that gives a sense of weight to the table, juxtaposed with the slim, lightweight aluminum tabletop.
A large block of terrazzo anchors the Ding Terrazzo Table. Made with recycled stone waste and ceramic, the weighty block of black and white terrazzo has graphic vibrancy and texture that complements and contrasts with the smooth finish of the aluminium stem and tabletop.