At Icon Interiors, we are always looking for edgy design products, and recently discovered the quirky home wares supplier called Essey. Essey (derived from essential) is about Symbolic Functionalism, and was founded around the concept of using symbolism or metaphors to promote a given function or the inner nature of an object. It is about giving objects a soul, an identity and letting them communicate this - ie Let the products speak for themselves.
This concept is embodied in the Illusion range of tables, which are simple and functional. Based on observing an outdoor cafe with draped table cloths, the designers then sought a way of producing the essence of drapery with modern materials. The result is a true representation of Symbolic Functionalism. See www.essey.com for further information.