Matera Side Table by Sean Yoo for Design Within Reach
The Matera Collection 2007, focused on delivering ample storage, is the work of Sean Yoo, who at the time of its conception lived in Matera, Italy thus its name. Born in Seoul, Yoo grew up in Los Angeles and was working as a city planner when a visit to the Noguchi Museum in New York inspired him to pursue design. I was particularly attracted to the way Noguchi applied sculptural qualities to common household objects, says Yoo. It seemed to give meaning and purpose to otherwise meaningless objects. The Matera Collection features clean lines nicely finished with beveled edges, running match wood grain and exposed-slot mortise-and-tenon corner joints. All pieces have slotted bases that lend an airy feel. The Matera Side Table has a C-shape floating design meant to accommodate the Matera Bed with Storage placed next to the bed, the table allows free access to the drawer facing it, which passes right through its base when opened. Made in Malaysia.