The wiring grommet is our most popular option for adding wiring/power to a conference table. A 4″ hole is cut into the table top, and fitted with a wiring grommet including 2 power and 2 phone/data jacks. The grommet includes a removable cap and is positioned over the pedestal so that wires can be concealed within the pedestal.
Ruth Haag’s article “The Shape of the Conference Table Determines Success or Failure” applies the same principles to conference table design. Haag examines different conference table shapes and what kind of behaviors they encourage in attendees. Some of her examples:
- Round conference tables encourage free discussion and discourage leadership. Round tables are therefore bad for an unruly group, or for a conference requiring strict organizational rules.
- Long, thin conference tables (such as formed by stringing together several small tables) encourage cliques and discourage unity, by making it hard for the people at one end of the table to see the people at the other end.
- U-shaped tables encourage hostility by placing attendees so far apart that they do not feel a connection with each other. The U-shape also encourages the attendees to ignore the leader because they are not looking directly at him/her.
Political satire has a long tradition of both reflecting and shaping public opinion. In this Swiss WWI-era cartoon titled “At the Peace Conference,” the nations of France, England, the US, Belgium and Italy sit around the conference table smoking pipes together, with a PAX statue in the center of the table. The conference table is supported by a platform of bombs and powder kegs, labeled “World Revolution.”
We just received this note from a customer who had purchased a conference table with built in power/data, and matching credenza. It really made our day.
The furniture arrived yesterday. It is unbelievable, and completely exceeded my expectations. I am a very details oriented person, and Monte’s attention to details and use of quality materials is unlike anything I’ve ever seen. Things like matching covers over screw holes, routed indentations so the center outlet cup doesn’t hang up on screw holes, grommeted cord pass-throughs and vents in the credenza, routed finger pulls, set screws in the power cups to perfectly adjust their height, soft felt backing on the back of the outlet cup covers so they don’t scratch the glass, and so on. The weight and quality of the materials also deserves note. The 3/4″ scratched glass is beautiful. The steel box tubing and 1/4″ steel pipe used for the outlet cups is substantial. The stuff is weighty, beautiful, and functional. I purchase a lot of high-end “designer” furniture, but none of it compares to this. I literally stumbled across Stoneline Designs doing a web search for a conference table, and I couldn’t be more satisfied with my decision to use you guys. In a world of poorly designed, mass-produced, cheaply constructed furniture, you guys stand alone in my opinion. Cutting edge contemporary designs crafted with true artisan hand-made craftsmanship. Rock on Stoneline.
Bass & Company Management Consultants
Thanks Don, we’re so glad the conference table and credenza are happy in their new home. Rock on!