The Step Table Is Best in Show of NYCxDESIGN 2020

Erika Cross has made her debut, and the international design community couldn’t be more excited! Honored as the Best in Show of NYCxDESIGN 2020, her Step table is a coffee table inspired by tools found in the workshop – step blocks which are simple mechanical devices used to clamp and hold. The Step table consists of two pieces – a wedge and a cylinder – that can be arranged with either piece on top, adjusting the overall height with the ridges on the opposing surfaces.

“Step was designed with efficient batch production in mind. I wanted to be able to reproduce the design in a streamlined and flexible way without the need for specialized tools or workspaces during the production phase. This was achieved by engineering and fabricating an original prototype that was quite labor intensive, but which serves as a master for creating a mold for shell casting other materials (such as Jesmonite),” Cross said.

Motivated to elevate ordinary objects and familiar forms, Erika Cross Studio’s Step is part of a larger body of work that explores common industrial objects, transforming scale to create new forms with familiar functions. Through research, intuition, experience, and experimentation, Erika challenges limitations by developing her own innovative methods and objects. We’re looking forward to seeing what’s to come!

Photos by Erika Cross Studio.

Kelly Beall is senior editor at Design Milk. The Pittsburgh-based graphic designer and writer has had a deep love of art and design for as long as she can remember, and enjoys sharing her finds with others. When undistracted by great art and design, she can be found making a mess in the kitchen, consuming as much information as possible, or on the couch with her three pets. Find her @designcrush on social.