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Mario Tsai’s Pig Side Table Was Inspired by the Piggy Bank

08.07.18 | By
Mario Tsai’s Pig Side Table Was Inspired by the Piggy Bank
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While on a trip to the metal market, designer Mario Tsai’s curiosity was piqued when he spotted stacks of thick aluminum tubes. He decided to purchase a 250mm diameter tube and when he stuffed his other purchases inside to carry, it reminded him of the ease of sliding a coin into a piggy bank. The Pig Side Table was designed with all that in mind.

The side table, designed for mx object, begins with the very tube that inspired it. Four legs were added, just like on a piggy bank, along with a circular surface to become a functional side table with a story.

Not only does the aluminum tube hold books and other stuff, the tabletop offers additional space for a drink or tchotchkes, all while resembling a pig, or as Tsai says, “a pig with a hat.”

Caroline Williamson is Editorial Director of Design Milk. She has a BFA in photography from SCAD and can usually be found searching for vintage wares, doing New York Times crossword puzzles in pen, or reworking playlists on Spotify.