Okamura’s razor thin tapering Traverse tabletop returns to NeoCon
May 31, 2016 | 3:24 pm CDT

Last year's NeoCon attendees will probably remember the intelligently engineered Traverse, a collection of conference tables created by manufacturer Okamura and HOK Product Design, and a Best of NeoCon gold winner. The tables are returning to the show this year.


Traverse features a tabletop less than one inch at its thickest point - tapering to a knife-edge and appearing to practically float on its support system. Despite the ability to span over 20 feet in length, support is minimal, with a canted leg design on both sides of the table and no need for center support. Options range from a rectangular tabletop shape (Traverse V) to an oval shape (Taverse X). In the Traverse X collection, the same effect of a hovering plane is created over a visible cross structure.

Traverse V features a rectangular shape- 
Traverse X features an oval shape

Traverse is offered in multiple species - dyed oak, dark sapele, walnut, figured maple, teak, or natural oak.  It's also offered in reconstituted wood in a variety of colors and patterns. Fourteen finishes are available.

Integrated technology is concealed in each design, allowing it to adapt to future technology. HOK's designers have placed wireless presentation technology underneath the tabletop and out of view to avoid clutter and provide more usable space.

Okamura will be exhibiting at NeoCon 2016, held June 13-15 at Chicago’s Merchandise Mart, at showroom/booth 11-124.

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