Originally Posted by StephenHero
Did you miss what happened? Foo bought a really long and really thin slab of the most fragile stone he could find, and he's decided it's a good idea to set it on top of a dinky frame with no permanent fixings nor adequate support on its weakest axis, and then he's decided to locate it in the area of his living room prone to the most accidental contact. It seems like somebody should be asking him why.
Yes, I personally selected and cut the marble for my table, to proportions I deemed sound, and then designed the aluminum structure to support it.
Jasper Morrison designed a table based on a slab of marble sitting on an aluminum base. Cappellini thought it was a good idea to put that table into production and has been selling it for years. Not being a designer, an architect, an engineer, a furniture company, or a fucking stone mason, I trusted the reputation of Cappellini and Jasper Morrison more than any judgment I could exercise on my own to determine the table's structural soundness. What an idiot am I?
In any event, not nearly as idiotic as someone who judges the soundness of a table based on whether its unassembled top breaks in shipment.