We think wood should be at the centre of every home, so when we read dezeen magazine’s article about a house in Fukuoka, Japan, that has put a small wooden dining table at its heart, we were immediately smitten.
The beautifully simply piece of furniture can be seen from every other room in the house. The two-storey home is designed by architects rhythmdesign. It is hexagonal in plan and has rooms arranged around the centre where the humble little table can be found.
It makes absolutely sense to focus the design of a house around a dining table. It’s supposed to be a place where everyone meets, sits down together, enjoys food together and catches up on the day’s events.
Unfortunately, family meals around the dining table seemed to be a thing of the past. Even though there is reportedly massive benefits… For example, researcher Barbara Fiese reviewed 17 studies on eating patterns and nutrition involving almost 200,000 children and teenagers. She found that teens who eat at least five meals a week with their families are 35 per cent less likely to be ‘disordered eaters’. You can read more about that here.