The Ionic center tables are based in one of the three orders of classical architecture developed at the ancient Greek temples named Ionic. Contrary to the Doric, the oldest and most massive order, the columns of Ionic and Corinthian orders were composed by three elements: base, shaft and capital. Being symbols of worship, as centuries passed by, many of the impressive temples were destroyed or simply collapsed.
The remains of Ionic temples with their beautiful surviving columns motivated the creation of the Ionic center tables, each one with tripartite columns missing one of its elements. This approach of an incomplete Ionic column presents uniquely the non-ornamented forms of the base and capital as the missing shaft has been replaced by a modern metal structure that embraces the two separated elements. Countering the construction process of ancient temples, the Ionic center tables have a delicate tapered design that allows less contact with the floor, in allusion to what would be the use of free modern forms in the tripartite construction of a classical temple.
RECTANGULAR Height. 40cm|15,75’’ Width. 130cm|51,18’’ Depth. 80cm|31,50’’
Joana Santos Barbosa, 2017