Julien De Smedt, William Ravn, and Wouter Dons, the founders of the Copenhagen-based ﬁrm Makers With Agendas (MWA), chose their company’s name with care. The moniker neatly encapsulates the blend of DIY culture and activism that informs their work.
“Their ethos is: Does it deserve to exist?” Ravn says. “The name says it all,” De Smedt agrees. “It’s the way we design. We want to make things and we start out with an agenda. We don’t believe in bringing out new stuff just for the sake of bringing it out. A new design should add something necessary to our world.”
Makers with agendas (MWA) presented its debut collection at the 2014 stockholm furniture & light fair. MWA, a collective established in 2013 by julien de smedt and william rvan, with the aim of engaging in the development, production and distribution of objects that explore new design typologies. the initial pieces all take into consideration the notion of flexibility, providing an offering of furniture and household items that can be adapted and applied to various situations.
The Accordion table is the “most compact trestle in the world,” says its designers. The table legs (table not included) expand out like an accordion and fold back into a single stick. In a simple accordion-like movement, its legs fold back into a slender stick. ‘accordion’ stands as one of the most compact trestles in which the supporting frame spreads out laterally, and retracting into slender stick functioning as a versatile stand for almost any table top. the trestles retract into a slender stick when not in use.
material: ash wood
81x7x7 cm folded, and 85x36x71 cm unfolded
designer: julien de smedt
producer: makers with agendas