Living with design. It was when I was 26 years old, settling in our first real home, a fantastic modern mid-century house with enormous windows overlooking Long Island Sound, expecting a first baby, and furnishing our living room. It was the late 80s, and the design movement was in its infancy. Along with furniture by George Nakashima, which we acquired in his studio in New Hope, PA, we also purchased the Metaphora Coffee Table, designed by Lella and Massimo Vignelli in 1979, which at that time was sold at the Maurice Villency furniture store. This brilliant table is composed of a thick glass top, set on top of four marble pure geometrical shapes that act as its legs.
When our twins were born a couple of months later, everyone who entered our home highly suggested, or demanded that we take this table away because its sharp angles, they claimed were dangerous for the babies. We had never removed the table, but rather lived with it for years until we moved it to our second home a couple of years ago. The babies grew up with the table and learned how to stand while holding on its thick glass top. The also learned how to live and appreciate great design.