Apple is in the middle of a $5 billion construction project to build its new “spaceship” campus, and as expected for a project of this magnitude, no detail is too small to obsess over.
Gregory Han at Design Milk recently got an invitation to Apple’s campus to take a look at one of the custom-designed tables that Apple has commissioned from Arco, a Dutch company.
Apple’s table of choice is an 18-foot-long and 4-foot-wide solid white oak slab that weighs 660 pounds. It’s basically a version of Arco’s $2,500 Essenza table, only twice as long. The Essenza includes cable management built into it, essential for a building that could house as many as 13,000 engineers and employees typing away at MacBooks.
Arco is calling the tables it’s building for Apple the “Pod Island” table. They’ll be scatted around the building, in open areas, in order to encourage mingling among Apple employees.
The sheer length of the tables can cause logistical issues, though, considering that there are not too many 18-foot doors to back the tables through. Plus, the tables are constructed out of solid sheets of wood, meaning that Arco needed to find a mill that could supply 18-foot sheets of wood.
Eventually, 500 Pod Island tables will be shipped across the Atlantic to the US, where they will then be installed in Apple Campus 2 using a crane.
Here’s the latest drone video from April showing how much progress Apple’s made on its new offices: